Scandalous – APNU+AFC regime handling of the oil sector

first_imgDear Editor,The PNC-led APNU regime has begun their time in power from exactly where they left off twenty-six years ago. The deals that they have been making are simply scandalous. The public is hard pressed not to conclude that corruption is at the heart of this regime. They cannot help themselves, it is in their nature. The PNC has not changed.I see the media that is sympathetic to the regime, mainly ‘Kaieteur News,’ are unable to cover up the disaster that the regime is. So they are doing the next ‘best thing’. They are blaming the ExxonMobil for the disaster they have made in handling the agreement with ExxonMobil.If we want to be generous to say they are not stealing and not making huge ‘backdoor/under the table deals’, then we have to conclude that they are the most incompetent bunch of persons to ever assume high office. Added to their incompetence is the high intoxication with power that is showing in sheer arrogance.Form all that is being revealed in the press, we see that our country has lost, is losing, and will lose billions of US dollars by this deal.In the first instance, the royalty of only 2% is indeed very suspect. Dr. Mangal, the expert that the regime hired, said the norm is between 10% and 20%. Why was Dr. Mangal ignored? If he was not, why was his recommendations not considered?On the basis of 2% royalty, and if we assume oil price at US$50 per barrel, production at 300,000 barrels per day and production of 360 days for the year, then Guyana will receive  US$108,000 per year. That works out to US$144 per person (assuming a population of 750,000). That is really chicken feed.Some apologists for the regime say that it is because we have no experience, Exxon took advantage on us. That is the lamest excuse I have heard. Information is available and could have been sourced. Trinidad and Tobago, with decades of experience, would have been most helpful. Were they asked? If not, why not?The regime could have sought council from the UN and many other sources. They chose not to, and produced the most lopsided agreement probably in the world.There is no clarity on the Government’s policy on oil. The regime seems to be blundering blindly all the way.For instance, we are all in the dark as to the issue of local content in the oil and gas sector. Would our private sector benefit? This is a big concern, but the nation remains unenlightened.Another unpardonable aspect of this agreement is the regime’s concession to our sovereignty! How could this regime agree that no official can visit ExxonMobil locations without giving seven days’ notice?!This really makes us look worse than a banana republic. One cannot help wondering what was the inducement to sign something as objectionable as this. These are the same people who beat their chest talking about nationalism, yet they have compromised our sovereignty.This regime action in relation to the collection of funds is also very disturbing. For more than a year, they collected US$18 million in signing bonus and kept that information hidden. When asked about it, they denied ever collecting any. They also ridiculed those asking.Now it has come out that they had collected it and placed it in a private account. How can anyone be blamed for believing that it was put aside to be carted off by the elite?Even now that it is exposed, they continue to refuse to put it in the Consolidated Fund, thereby perpetuating an illegality.In any normal democratic country, the regime would have resigned. They had sworn to uphold the Constitution and the Laws of Guyana, but now are regularly and knowingly violating them.Donald RamotarFormer Presidentlast_img read more

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Foreign Service Institute Elects New Leaders

first_imgPresident-elect, Prince K. Momolu addresses the gathering.Emerging diplomats of the 2018-2019 class of the Gabriel L. Dennis Foreign Service Institute at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently elected a new student leadership to steer the affairs of that body.Those elected are Prince Kaba Momolu, president. He was preferred by his colleagues over two other candidates, Goanbei Emmanuel Zeyoe and Patricia Jallah-Scott.Ulysses Barchue served as chairman for the institute’s elections commission.The elections, held on Friday, January 25, 2019, was described by stakeholders as the most intriguing aspect than all other posts, because the contestants won on white ballots.Other positions contested for included treasurer, financial secretary, and general secretary, which brought on board Angelica Shannon Perry and the vice president Cecelia (Celia)—all of whom won on white ballots.Barchue lauded his colleagues for the level of collaboration that eventually led to the successful conduct of the entire electoral process.He said the elections were held in consultation with authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC), which was represented by two of its elections officers.Some members of the 2018-2019 Class of the Foreign Service Institute“In every race there has to be a winner. I want to appreciate all of my colleagues for participating in this process. I respect the decision you have taken and avail myself for the cause of this class in any way I can be of help,” Mr. Zeyoe told his colleagues who were elated about the smooth process.Mrs. Jallah-Scott added: “Democracy is about making choices, and I respect and appreciate the choices you have made today. We are willing to work with the elected leadership to move our class in the right direction.”FSI Officer-In-Charge John Yormie, Jr., described the elections as the best the institute has ever conducted, “because it was well organized, coordinated, and peaceful.”Mr. Yormie also extended congratulatory message to the newly elected student leaders, indicating that surely they are the new voice for their colleagues.The Foreign Service Institute was established in 1951 to offer a broad-based program of professional training for young entrants into the country’s foreign service.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Reports – Decision day for Chelsea winger amid Serie A rumours

first_img1 Mohamed Salah in action for Fiorentina Chelsea will sell Mohamed Salah to Fiorentina today or prepare to welcome him back into their squad, according to reports in Italy.The Egyptian enjoyed the second-half of last season that he spent on loan at the Serie A side, after he failed to impress Jose Mourinho.The player’s agents met with the Italian club on Wednesday where a transfer fee of £13m was mentioned – but Chelsea are apparently after closer to £15m – and a salary for the player of around £2m was agreed.Fiorentina are keen to tie the former Basel man to a long-term contract between four and five years and stick a gargantuan buy-out clause in his contract of around £40m.The Florence club have dragged their feet over the summer, when they have had ample time to complete the transaction, so Chelsea are unlikely to let them fritter away more of their time.last_img read more

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SmartMoney: Incentives to go “Green”

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It’s getting easier and cheaper to be green. Thanks to new tax credits that kicked in this year and increasingly competitive prices on energy-efficient appliances, it’s easier than ever to boost your home’s energy efficiency without going broke. Under the Energy Policy Act, in 2006 and 2007 consumers can receive federal tax credits for making energy-efficiency upgrades to their homes. “Energy efficiency is a good deal unto itself, but these tax credits are offering some special opportunities to get a financial boost,” says Bill Prindle, deputy director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, or ACEEE, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that advocates energy efficiency. The credits don’t apply to just any energy-efficient upgrade, however. And there are requirements and limits that must be met. What’s Covered You can get a one-time tax credit of up to $500 for projects that involve the home’s shell insulation, windows, sealing or its home heating and cooling equipment. Eligible projects include new windows (10% of the cost, up to a credit of $200), central air conditioners (up to $300 of the full purchase price), hot-water boilers (up to $150 of the full purchase price) and pigmented metal roofs (10% of the cost, up to $500). You also can get a one-time tax credit for the cost of installing an alternative energy system. For installing a photovoltaic system (which produces electricity) or a solar water heating system, you’ll receive a credit for 30% the cost of the system, with a maximum of $2,000. All of these projects must meet specific criteria. And they must be put in place during 2006 or 2007. Get Some Money Back Most appliances including dishwashers, dryers and refrigerators aren’t eligible for the federal tax credits. But you still may be able to save, given that many states, cities, utility companies and even appliance makers offer rebates and coupons for energy-efficient products. In Montana, for instance, the Bonneville Power Administration offers $6 coupons that can be redeemed for energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs. The WARMAdvantage program of New Jersey Natural Gas offers customers rebates for buying highefficiency equipment: $300 for a furnace or boiler, and $50 for a water heater. Other states have programs for free online energy audits and for weatherization for homes of low-income residents. You can view rebates and other programs at the Web sites of Energy Star (www.energystar.gov), a government-backed program dedicated to improving energy efficiency; the ACEEE (www.aceee.org); and Consumer Reports’ Greener Choices (www.greenerchoices.org), a consumers’ guide that focuses on environmentally friendly products. Price Drop Making it even more enticing to buy energy-efficient products is the fact that they are no longer a much more costly alternative to their energy-loving counterparts. Significant strides have been made over the past 10 years, says Carolyn Forte, home-care director for the Good Housekeeping Institute. The cost of many energy-efficient products is comparable to those that aren’t energy efficient. Often, the pricier models simply have fancy bells and whistles. When shopping for an energyefficient model, look for the Energy Star label, which tells you the appliance meets set energy-efficiency standards, says the ACEEE’s Mr. Prindle. The tag is currently found on more than 40 products, from refrigerators and washers to TV sets and computers. Even if you’re not in the market for a new appliance, there’s plenty you can do to increase energy efficiency without spending much money, says Urvashi Rangan, a senior scientist and policy analyst at Greener Choices. To boost your existing heating system, she advises replacing any analog thermostats with programmable ones. That way, you can program the system to power down during the times when you’re at work or sleeping. Other options: Caulk windows. And buy an inexpensive jacket to insulate an old hot-water heater to prevent energy from escaping.last_img read more

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Lee Named PFL Special Teams Player of the Year

first_img Print Friendly Version ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Josh Lee, a senior on the Drake University football team, has been named the 2016 Pioneer Football League Special Teams Player of the Year the league announced Monday.”I couldn’t be more excited for Josh. He is a great example of how to live out Drake football, as he is relentless in everything he does whether it’s in the classroom, in the weight room, on the practice field or in the game. He is confident and poised and I couldn’t be more proud of Josh,” said Drake head coach Rick Fox.Lee, a Decorah, Iowa native, handled all kicking duties for Drake and was perfect on both field goals (8-of-8) and PATs (27-of-27) during conference play. He also averaged 38.6 yards per punt on 37 punts in PFL action, finishing sixth in punting average. Lee converted all 40 of his PATs in the regular season, one of just six kickers in the FCS this season to attempt 40 or more PATs and convert all of them. He becomes the sixth Drake player to earn one of the league’s major awards.”When a guy gets an award like this it is a reflection of the team and the coaches. It reflects the great job coach [Willie] Cashmore did with our special teams and all the guys around Josh doing their part to help Josh have the year that he had,” said Fox.Other postseason awards announced by the PFL Monday included Jonah Hodges (San Diego) as the Offensive Player of the Year, Donald Payne (Stetson) as Defensive Player of the Year, Stockton McGuire (Davidson) as Freshman Offensive Player of the Year, Peter Delatour (Marist) as Freshman Defensive Player of the Year, and Dale Lindsey (San Diego) as Coach of the Year.The Bulldogs finished the 2016 campaign with a 7-4 overall record and a 6-2 mark in the PFL, finishing third.last_img read more

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TWO GARDAI INJURED AFTER PATROL CAR IS RAMMED

first_imgTwo Gardai were treated for injuries after their patrol car was rammed during an incident in Inishowen last night.The incident happened in Carndonagh but only after it had been pursued through Moville and Redcastle.The car was eventually stopped in Carndonagh after it struck a patrol car. A young man, believed to be a juvenile was arrested at the scene.He was released later and a file on the incident is being sent to the DPP.A local Garda spokesman revealed that the two officers are lucky their injuries were not more serious.  TWO GARDAI INJURED AFTER PATROL CAR IS RAMMED was last modified: October 4th, 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:arrestCarndonaghdonegalGardaInishowenpatrol carrammedlast_img read more

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First of many stories read from ‘Granny’s Wonderful Chair’

first_imgIt was a special morning in Twin Towns Library this morning as the unveiling of the new storytelling chair inspired by Stranorlar born poet and novelist Frances Browne’s book ‘Granny’s Wonderful Chair’, got underway.This chair was designed and created by Alan Hanafin who was in attendance at the unveiling of the chair and the idea of the chair was inspired by Frances Browne’s best known work Granny’s Wonderful Chair which was published in 1856 and remains in print to this day.It has been translated into several languages and is a richly imaginative collection of fairy stories. It was fitting that the first story told on the chair was by local artist and author Celine McGlynn who enthralled the audience with a reading from this book.Eileen Harkin and Hilda Bradley enjoying the new storytelling chair which was unveiled in the Twin Towns Library on Friday morning.It was acknowledged by all at the event that the library in the Twin Towns plays an important role in the community and it’s new location at The Base Centre is ideal.The library is a bright, colourful and welcoming space and since it opened in The Base in June 2016 there have been over 12,000 visits to the library. The library has a membership of 4,845 patrons and this number is growing every week and with its up to date collection of approximately 10,000 items the library is an important amenity in the area.Cllr Martin Harley, Cathaoirleach of Stranorlar MD spoke at the event and said that he whole heartedly believed that children should have an opportunity to experience books, to understand and enjoy stories, rhymes and songs and to listen and respond to them with curiosity and enjoyment and now children have the chance of huddling up with their parent or grandparent on this special chair in the Twin Towns library to enjoy a story. Alan Hanafin, Designer, Cllr Patrick McGowan, Donna Cavanagh, Donegal Library Service, Joe Peoples, Donegal County Council, Frances Crampsie, Donegal Library Service, Brian O’Donnell, St Columbas College, Cllr Martin Harley, Eva Browne, Donegal Library Service with Eileen Harkin and Hilda Bradley enjoying the new storytelling chair.Cllr Patrick McGowan representing The Base Centre also spoke at the event and said that he was delighted to see the Twin Towns library located at The Base Centre. He explained that The Base Centre addresses the social, cultural and economic needs of the local area and having the library located here as an important front line service of the Council clearly shows how The Base is continuing to meet the needs of the entire community.Brian O’Donnell from St. Columba’s College also spoke at the event and talked about the outstanding service that he has received from the Donegal County Library Service. He read out a poem he wrote for the library which clearly showed the value he puts on this service.Eileen Harkin former branch librarian in the Twin Towns Library who was honoured for her many years of service and commitment to the Donegal Library Service by Cllr. Martin Harley, Cathaoirleach of Stranorlar MD during a special event for the Unveiling of the new Storytelling Chair in Twin Towns Library on Friday morningA special tribute was also paid to Eileen Harkin, retired Branch Librarian for her commitment and service as librarian in the Twin Towns over many years as well as to Eva Browne Senior Librarian Assistant for all her work over the last number of months in creating such a colourful, open and inviting space in the Twin Towns Library.Carmel Baron from Donegal Library Service who is due to retire soon being honoured by Cllr. Martin Harley, Cathaoirleach of Stranorlar MD during a special event for the Unveiling of the new Storytelling Chair in Twin Towns Library on Friday morningThe event concluded with a few melodies from talented young harpist Samantha Rose Bradley while well known storyteller Seamas McCanny entertained the visiting children and their parents with some very exciting stories.First of many stories read from ‘Granny’s Wonderful Chair’ was last modified: November 21st, 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) Tags:Granny’s Wonderful ChairTwin Towns Librarylast_img read more

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Influx of rare butterflies arrive in Donegal

first_imgA large mass of Painted Lady butterflies has made its way to Donegal this week, much to the delight of nature lovers.The bright butterfly, marked by orange and black-tipped wings, has been spotted in huge numbers in coastal areas of the county and on Tory Island.An influx of Painted Ladies has been spotted in the UK and Ireland this year in line with a once-in-a-decade phenomenon. Experts believe that the butterflies undertake a massive migration from Africa every ten years, passing over Europe during the summer on their way to the Arctic Circle. Painted Lady Butterflies.The Butterfly Conservation Ireland group has said that a “massive front” of Painted Ladies came to Donegal and Scotland this week.“The influx into Donegal is unusual in that it is not being reported arriving in numbers along the south coast,” wrote butterfly expert Jesmond Harding. The reasons why they have come to the area are unknown.The mass migration is said to be a great spectacle and anyone wishing to see the butterflies should keep a lookout over the next two weeks.Influx of rare butterflies arrive in Donegal was last modified: August 7th, 2019 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:butterfliesnaturepainted ladieslast_img read more

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No outages because of Medupi: Eskom

first_img11 July 2013 There will be no load-shedding as a result of delays in the completion of South Africa’s new Medupi coal-fired power plant, says state company Eskom. “We have not had any load-shedding. From our perspective, there’s no direct relation between the Medupi delays and any load-shedding,” Eskom CEO Brian Dames said during a presentation of the company’s annual results in Johannesburg on Wednesday. The company had been able to keep the lights on, despite it being a tough year, Dames said, with Eskom for the first time conducting maintenance work at its plants over the winter period. Eskom announced on Monday that the first unit of the Medupi station was unlikely to deliver first power by the December 2013 delivery date, but was only likely to do so in the second half of 2014, due to technical as well as labour issues. Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, also speaking at Wednesday’s briefing, said he was “extremely disturbed” by further delays to the completion of Medupi, and was bringing in independent consultants to get the state company’s build programme running efficiently. The delay, he said, “puts pressure” on South Africa’s already constrained electricity supply. Medupi, one of the two large coal-fired stations that Eskom is building, is a 4 764 MW coal-fired power station located near Lephalale. It will the first South African power station to have “super-critical” technology, and one of the world’s largest dry cooled stations, so it will much more efficient than older coal-fired stations. The other station, Kusile, is located in Mpumalanga province and will have the same technology but with the addition of flue-gas desulphurisation, a state-of-the art technology used to remove oxides of sulphur from the exhaust flue gases in power plants that burn coal or oil. Eskom said on Wednesday that the company had made significant progress on its new build programme in 2012-13, with a record R60-billion invested in infrastructure. Eskom also made progress in the introduction of renewable energy to South Africa’s grid, having contracted a total of 1 135 MW from independent power producers by the end of March 2013. The company had also continued develop skills in the country, having trained 2 144 engineers, 835 technicians and 2 847 artisans over the course of the financial year. Dames said that Eskom was facing a R225-billion shortfall after receiving an 8% annual tariff increase over a five-year period from the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa). The compnay had applied for a 16% tariff hike. R34-billion of the R225-billion shortfall would be in the first two years, the rest over the other three years, Dames said, adding that Eskom had no intention to approach the regulator for the first two years. “We are comfortable that we have a clear game plan in place for the first two years. And a lot of work will have to be done. We have no intention to go to the regulator and have a tariff discussion within the next two years,” he said. SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Classy field for Fish Canoe Marathon

first_img26 September 2013After bagging his third Marathon World Championship title in Copenhagen over the weekend, South Africa’s Hank McGregor will join a horde of world-class local and international paddlers in Cradock on Friday for the opening stage of the two-day 2013 Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon.McGregor again showed why he is regarded by many as the best all-round paddler on the globe when he overcame a strong senior men’s K1 field to claim gold for the third time in his career in Copenhagen on Saturday, before heading straight to the airport to return home to focus on his Hansa Fish campaign.McGregor’s Hansa Fish partner, Grant van der Walt, finished seventh at the World Championships in the K1 race, a result that will give the pair an enormous confidence boost ahead of this year’s Hansa Fish, which they are aiming to win together for a fourth consecutive time.Under-23 world championTriple Dusi Canoe Marathon winner Andy Birkett also enjoyed a golden Danish trip as he narrowly edged out van der Walt’s younger brother, Brandon, to claim the under-23 world title, with Van der Walt making it a South African one-two.Birkett and his 2013 Hansa Fish partner Cam Schoeman then put in another top performance in the men’s K2 event, powering to fifth place between their fellow South African crew of former marathon world champ Shaun Rubenstein and 2013 surfski world champ Sean Rice, who finished fourth, and the Czech Republic’s Jakub Adam and Michael Odvarko, who claimed sixth position.Birkett and Schoeman make up one of a trio of pairings labelled this year’s Hansa Fish “big three”, while Van der Walt will pair up with SA sprinter Stuart MacLaren.Mixed doublesRice will be teaming up with his girlfriend, Emily McGrath, in what promises to be a hotly contested mixed doubles category.Having tackled the Hansa Fish in K1s last year, Adam and Odvarko had their hopes of a 2013 K2 entry dashed recently when Odvarko was forced to withdraw from the trip due to personal reasons.Adam will, however, still be in action with Czech sprint sensation Lukas Trefil.Adam’s sister, Anna Adamova, was yet another 2013 Hansa Fish attendee who enjoyed great success in Copenhagen where she claimed the silver medal in the women’s K1 event before racing to third place in the K2 event with partner Lenka Hrochova.Top women’s teamsAdamova will team up with top SA river marathoner Abby Adie in Cradock as the pair takes on the likes of fellow top female river paddler Robyn Kime and her partner, London Olympic bronze medallist Bridgitte Hartley.Hartley had an unfortunate experience in Denmark with a rudder mechanical just 500 metres from the starting line ended her and doubles partner Michele Eray’s K2 medal challenge.Under-18 girls’ sensation Kirsten Flanagan was another of Team South Africa’s standout performers as she bravely battled her way to a memorable silver medal to add to the gold she claimed at the Surfski Worlds in Portugal earlier this year.K1 entryDespite this year’s Hansa Fish being a K2 championship year, she has opted to take part individually, even though her recent World Championships effort would have done her chances of securing herself a top partner no harm.Others South African World Championships’ representatives who will be in action in Cradock include Michelle Burn, Jenna Ward, Kerry Segal and Kenny Rice, while the strong performances by South African masters’ competitors in Copenhagen bodes well for competitive clashes throughout the age groups at this year’s Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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