With no concessions, families would have no income

first_imgDear Editor,It seems the political backlash of a terrible contract with the oil company is now spreading its ugly head on one of Guyana’s best managed, most accountable and transparent companies, which provides more revenue to the country than sugar, and indeed is the largest contributor to the Government of Guyana in terms of employment, taxes paid (corporate and payroll, etc) and duties.This is independent of the huge investment made by the company for over 10 years before finding an ounce of gold. This represents a sunk investment of over US$150 million or G$30 billion. Within this timeframe, over 30 exploration companies have been registered in Guyana, expended millions of US dollars seeking commercial deposits of resources, found nothing, and left the country. That is the risk a company assumes in the search for natural resources.Surely, our artisanal or small miners need a better concession package. This was recently done by the Government of Guyana. But let’s put everything in context.The Mineral Agreement which governs concessions investments, royalties, employment, environmental safeguards and duties etc of Guyana Goldfields, was signed by President Bharrat Jagdeo in 2011. At the time, it was considered very harsh, as the royalty – eight per cent – was higher than in Suriname and other mining jurisdictions.Guyana Goldfields is a listed company. The US$150 million to invest in Guyana over a barren 10-year period was funded through the stock exchange and private capital. After gold was found in the vastness of the Cuyuni area, where transportation and logistics’ cost are very high and safety issues are dominant, Guyana Goldfields had to find more investors to build the mine, and had to bring in overseas firms because the skills and technology did not exist in Guyana, even though there has been mining for over 100 years in Guyana.To build the mine, significant amounts of equipment had to be imported, as well as over 800 individuals with the appropriate large-scale mining skills. Also, significant environmental equipment and technology had to be applied to prevent another Omai spill.The end result was that without the concessions granted by the Government, the mine would not have been feasible, and there would be the loss of over 800 jobs and revenues to the Government through taxes, the multiplier effect of procurement from local companies, among other revenue streams such as the taxes of employees, NIS payment etc.Guyana Goldfields has the best CSR programme in Guyana by far. Its presence in Guyana has made Guyana an investment destination and has helped thousands of families earn a livelihood in a time of severe job needs.Sincerely,Clive AllenEmployee of GuyanaGoldfieldslast_img read more


first_imgMadam President, officials of the Liberian government, members of the diplomatic corps and Liberia’s numerous development partners:Please accept our compliments and this letter as a formal introduction to The End Time Train Evangelistic Ministry (ETTEM).ETTEM is a Non-Profit, faith based organization established by Evangelist and former war general, Joshua Milton Blahyi, to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the unreached and the reached through humanitarian projects, evangelism and crusades. One example of our humanitarian project outreach ministry is the Journey Against Violence project (JAV). This ministry is designed to minimize crime in Liberia and transform the lives of the youth in the streets. We take ex-fighters and other vulnerable youths in from the streets and place them in a home where they are coached to become productive and contributing members of society. The project home, which was recently built as a temporary shelter for our enrollees in order to alleviate the high cost of rent, is currently located in Mount Barclay.Our enrollees, after being taken in, are detoxified, counseled and provided any further necessary treatments. In addition, they are provided leadership, personal development and basic skills training for career development, which is intended to render them self-reliant and valuable citizens participating in the reconstruction of Liberia.Since 2007, we have worked with 280 young men and have seen a success rate of more than 80% . However, we have realized that implementing such a program in a densely populated area without a properly fenced-in facility has led to many challenges and difficulties. Therefore, our long term plan is to build a multi-purpose fenced-in facility in Sinoe County that will host four hundred and eighty (480) young men at a time, along with the project staff and volunteers. By the grace of God and the kindness of the citizens of Sinoe County, the project was given sufficient land, and we have already farmed 140 acres in order to enhance the sustainability of the project. We have also started the construction of the home for our enrollees. We wholeheartedly believe that this project is one of Liberia’s best hopes of restoring its youth from destitution. We believe that being in Sinoe provides the necessary environment that will isolate our enrollees and keep them away from the harmful substances that led to their previous state of life. The Sinoe location will also reduce our overall expenditure, given that we will be able to grow our own food, and most of the building materials are available locally. Most importantly, farming activities will be used for growth and productivity of our young men and women after completing the program.We have seen a high rate of reintegration, with our enrollees settling productively into the communities in which they have been placed in, as their permanent homes. Madam President, we see a huge advantage in detracting the youth population from Monrovia. While most migrate and resettle in the capital city with high expectations of economic upward mobility, we know that one of the major factors of crime in Monrovia is over-population, brought on by unguarded urban migration.We have worked with various partners through the project’s lifespan, and one such partner saw the need to support our farming activity that is ongoing in Sinoe. Said partner provided basic farming tools and other necessary items to ensure our farming project reaches the next level. The 40-foot container arrived at the Freeport of Monrovia on the 6th of December, while the Tundra pick-up truck arrived on the 16th. We are in the struggle of claiming them with hopes of getting duty free privilege.However, Madam President, in the wake of these ongoing activities, an unforeseen circumstance (accident) occurred, involving one of our boys on the Sinoe-Monrovia highway. His spine was dislocated, and he has since been at the JFK Medical Hospital seeking medical attention.Unfortunately, we were informed by the JFK Medical staff that the surgery needed to save the victim is minor but cannot be conducted in Liberia due to the lack of the necessary equipment.To this end, we are requesting your help, Madam President, honorable members of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government, members of the diplomatic corps and our development partners, as we seek to alleviate this most urgent humanitarian crisis.We need to fly the victim to Ghana, the Ivory Coast or elsewhere to seek urgent medical attention before situation gets worse or beyond control.Documentation regarding our ministry and various projects are available upon request.We thank you for your kind consideration, and it is our fervent hope that our request is granted to support a worthy cause. We look forward to a prompt reply in the soonest possible time.Best Regards,Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Birthday party celebration lands drunken driver in court

first_imgGanesh Singh, who rode his motorcycle in a drunken state after he attended a birthday party on April 25, 2018, was fined $7,500 by Wales Magistrate Rochelle Liverpool upon his admission of guilt.Singh, during an appearance at the Wales Magistrate’s Court last week, accepted that he operated motorcycle CJ 4865 while being over the legal limit of alcohol consumption.The prosecution disclosed that the offender had a reading of 168 microgrammes, well over the 35 microgrammes limit. Singh told Magistrate Liverpool that he was never charged before.After brief consideration, she fined the accused, and warned him that he would spend one week in jail if he does not pay the $7,500 fine. His licence was also endorsed, as he was a first time offender.last_img

The bare truth about Christina Aguilera

first_imgChristina Aguilera has no problem showing skin – especially on weekends with her husband, music executive Jordan Bratman. “We claim ourselves to be the coziest couple ever. We have something called `naked Sundays,”‘ the 26-year-old pop star tells Ellen DeGeneres in an interview set to air today on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” “You have to keep marriage alive, spice it up,” says Aguilera, who married Bratman in November 2005. So the couple stays in on Sundays, she says. “We do everything naked. We cook naked.” “You cook naked?” asks DeGeneres. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Aguilera replies: “Yeah, we cook naked.” “Nothing with grease – that could splatter,” says DeGeneres. “Well, unless you want the grease,” Aguilera replies.last_img

Subprime problems had lots of origins

first_imgOne big piece of the picture remains unclear, though, especially in the Southern California market. How widespread will this carnage be? Consider this. In Los Angeles County, home sales took a huge slide starting at the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2005. The median price of a house (new and previously owned single-family homes and condos) continues to set records. Last month, the median price of a home in the six-county region rose an annual 4.6 percent to $505,000, according to La Jolla-based DataQuick Information Systems. It’s the first time the median price moved above $500,000, and it was a $10,000 gain from the prior record of $495,000 in February. DataQuick also doesn’t expect a major meltdown here. “Perception has outstripped reality on that,” DataQuick analyst John Karevoll said at the time. “The loans at risk are a subcategory of a subcategory, and a small percentage of those are going to go into default. It’s a problem, but not as big an issue as it’s made out to be.” The company also notes that financing with adjustable-rate mortgages is declining significantly while foreclosure activity is rising, but it is still within the normal range. Some people are still feeling pain,. I bumped into an acquaintance last week who moved from his house into an apartment. He was out of work for a while and burned through savings. He and his partner put the house, which they bought about 15 months ago, up for sale last year but haven’t had any offers. Now they are resigned to slipping into foreclosure. I asked about the lender and suggested trying to work something out. He said the lender wouldn’t even consider a short sale, or taking slightly less than what is owed on the loan. Now might be a good time to try some more negotiations. But this is a fix a lot of people helped create. Lenders came up with adjustable products that let people buy houses not caring that a foreclosure could have a short event horizon. Buyers fudged their finances to qualify. Regulators didn’t do much about liberal underwriting standards. Buyers who could least afford it were getting pushed into the subprime, more expensive loan market. And a reliable fix to what’s a troubling problem remains elusive. greg.wilcox@dailynews.com (818) 713-3743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I knew it would come to this. Regulators, lenders and lawmakers falling all over themselves to come up with a way to keep holders of subprime loans in their homes and out of foreclosure. Last week mortgage giant Freddie Mac and Seattle-based Washington Mutual on the same day came riding to the rescue. Sort of. Freddie, which buys and guarantees home loans, pledged to purchase up to $20 billion in adjustable- and fixed-rate loans. Washington Mutual pledged to refinance $2 billion in subprime loans. last_img read more


first_imgA most enjoyable night Friday as the youngsters of Finn Valley AC danced their way to the echo in the Villa Rose ,9 couples all of whom had worked extremely hard in the months prior to perform to best effect under teacher Marian Shields.A full house enjoyed the evening parents, grandparents, family members and supporters with master of ceremonies Mark Connolly bringing the assembled crowd through in a professional manner.Ann Marie Mc Geehan was proud as punch at a programme done and dusted after all her tireless work helped by parents. The final dance off now goes down on Dec 27th at the same venue with winners from the Sean Mac Cumhaills and Cappry Rovers junior Strictly evenings.On this night all were winners and a credit to the club and their families.Congratulations to all who took part – and all those who worked to make it happen.    PICTURE SPECIAL: FINN VALLEY AC’S JUNIOR STRICTLY COME DANCING was last modified: December 2nd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:PICTURE SPECIAL: FINN VALLEY AC’S JUNIOR STRICTLY COME DANCINGlast_img read more


first_imgFour Masters G.A.A. Club The €50 winners in the Annual Lotto for Week 37 were Cieran Kelly, c/o Kelco Communications and Tom Mitchell, Spierstown. The numbers drawn were 13, 15, 19 & 20 with the jackpot now standing at €1,100.  Club members, managers, coaches or administrators interested in either a First Aid/Defib Course or Defib Refresher Course on Saturday April 28th should book their place with Deborah Lacey (087) 2199730 as soon as possible. Adult Membership is now overdue. Registrar, Michael Martin will be in the Abbey Hotel at 9.00 pm this Friday night March 30th to collect same. Membership should be paid prior to March 31st to ensure full member rights for 2012.   Members are also now being sought for ‘Club Donegal’ at a cost of €200.00 for the coming season. This subscription will entitle the member to a Club Donegal card that will admit them free-of-charge to all club league and championship matches in the county in 2012, full adult membership of Four Masters and free entry into the Annual Lotto for 25 weeks. This is a great opportunity to support both your Club and County. Further information available from Sean Dunnion, Maeve Espey or Paul Timoney. The Under 14 boys travelled to Grange on Friday evening last for a challenge match. The game ended in a 4.08 draw with the boys coming from 12 points down in the second half. Thanks goes to the Grange manager Gabriel Kelly for arranging the game to coincide with the Sam Maguire Cup coming to Grange and for providing each player with refreshments afterwards. GAA NOTES: FOUR MASTERS was last modified: March 27th, 2012 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:FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUBlast_img read more


first_imgOr senior and reserves had no matches at the weekend as their proposed match with Naomh Mhuire was postponed due to a bereavement in the Naomh Mhuire club. We extend our deepest sympathies to all in Naomh Mhuire.Our under 21’s take on Buncrana this Sunday 9th September in the u21B County Semi Final in Killygordon at 3pm. Everyone is encouraged to get out and support the lads.The minors do battle with Naomh Columba this Friday 7th September at 6.30pm in Dunkineely in their championship playoff. All support would be greatly appreciated. Celebrity Bainisteoir begins on RTE 1 this Sunday 9th September at 6.30pm so don’t forget to tune in and see how it goes. Pippa will be back in the Parish this coming Sunday and Monday and details of our Celebrity Bainisteoir semi-final will be available soonWell done to all the under 8’s who took part in the Parish League on Saturday and thanks to everyone who helped out on the day.Thanks to everyone who came oput and supported trhe recent All County Quiz in the Seven Arches recently in aid of the county team training fund.GAA NEWS: NAOMH BRID CLUB NOTES was last modified: September 4th, 2012 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:NAOMH BRID CLUB NOTESlast_img read more


first_imgA Donegal man who lost more than half his body weight has sent out a heartfelt appeal to help him get surgery to get rid of unsightly folds of loose skin covering his body.Determined Damien McLaughlin stunned family and friends by going on a life saving diet and exercise course.The 41 year old from Burnfoot, who weighed in at 24 stone, shed a massive 13.5 stone to save his own life after advice from doctors. He dumped junk-food, replaced it with fruit and vegetables and went to the gym EVERY single day for 13 months.But despite winning the battle of the bulge, married father-of-two Damien has been left heartbroken because of his new-found appearance.Damien, who suffered from Asthma and a fluid retention, was told by doctors he would die from heart failure unless he undertook a strict diet and fitness regime.And when his family bought him a gym membership for Father’s Day in 2010, he put it to good use. Damien lost an incredible 13.5 stone and shrunk by two inches as he fought to save his own life.He says he is delighted that his health has improved and his life has changed for the better.But he says that it is still not complete because he cannot get rid of the unsightly fat folds left by the weight loss.He has tried everything but can’t shake off the excess skin.“I simply can’t lose any more weight. I am down to ten and a half stone and my Body Mass Index (BMI) can’t get any lower. “I have tried everything but I am now certain that the only thing that will work is to have surgery.“It will have to be a lot of surgery but that does not body me. I have come too far to be worried about that now,” he said.Damien, who runs his own furniture store, says he feels much better about himself but wants to change what he looks like.He loves swimming but admits he gets plenty of strange looks from people when he takes his shirt off. “It doesn’t really bother me now because I have got used to it. I can see people looking at me and wondering ‘what happened to him?’. If people ask me then I tell them exactly what happened and they are very understanding.“But yes, I do feel it. I have come so far and yet I am not there yet. I can’t go on looking like this and I will do whatever it takes to get rid of this skin,” he said.Damien says he rarely looks at takeaways now and only occasionally takes a drink.He still trains and is the picture of health – apart from the excess skin.“I am like a reformed smoker. I hate the sight of fish and chips. Before I might have fish and chips twice a day as well as bacon sandwiches and cakes all washed down by lemonade.“Now I eat twice as much but it’s all good stuff including fish, vegetables, yogurts and cereal.“It’s all about choice. I read books before I decided to lose the weight. I made a choice that I wanted to be here for my two children, who were then aged 20 and 19. I didn’t want to die a young man,” he said.Damien has went for consultations to have surgery and he has been quoted more than €20,000 for the surgery which he says he simply cannot afford.“I am going to have surgery eventually. It is just so expensive and I am trying to see if I am entitled to any help.“The country is crying out for people to lose weight and become healthy. I have done that and I feel like I have now hit a brick wall. I need help now.“I am prepared to do whatever it takes. I have shown that I am prepared to do anything and stick at it,” he said.MAN PLEADS FOR SURGERY HELP AFTER SHEDDING HALF OF BODY WEIGHT was last modified: March 21st, 2012 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:BurnfootDAMIEN MCLAUGHLINsurgeryweightlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertMany concerned householders across Donegal are unsure what to expect from the septic tank inspections. According to DS Environmental, the truth is that it may be months or even years before you tank will be inspected . The company is informed with the regulations and can offer honest and accurate advice to assist you.Here they offer advice on what to expect and what to do in relation to septic tank inspections.Myths about the septic tank inspectionsMy septic tank is old so it will automatically fail This is not always the case. traditional brick built tanks may pass the inspection but this is something our engineer will be able to advise you on during his visit.My tank is working fine as I have never needed to empty itThe regulations specify that all tanks be emptied an minimum of two years. When you phone our office, we will be able to determine what is required by checking our occupancy chart.We are doomed if the inspectors arriveRemember everything is fixable if planned correctly so do not panic and if unsure, give us a call today for professional and honest advice.How we can help? We offer free septic tank inspections to provide you piece of mindWe can check to see if you are eligible for the septic tank repair grantWe have over 14 years experience in the North West in waste water treatment systemsWe can provide unbiased information and expert advice Why we offer the free inspectionsWe offer free inspections to assist residents in our area with the new septic tank regulations and develop a working relationship with potential customers. We also use this opportunity to raise awareness of our services. You are under no obligation to use our services after availing of the free inspection but we would be delighted if you mention our company to friends and family.What happens when you contact us?Once you contact our office, Pamela will take you details and ask you a few simple questions regarding your tank to ensure you receive the best advice. Next we will arrange a suitable time for your free inspection where our qualified engineer will spend roughly an hour onsite and offer his recommendations.Do not wait any longer, phone us now on 0749139522 or email us here.THE A-Z OF SEPTIC TANK INSPECTION EXPLAINED BY DS ENVIRONMENTAL was last modified: March 8th, 2013 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:DS Environmentalinspectionsseptic tankslast_img read more