Govt’s plan to set up national oil company “utterly confusing” –Jagdeo

first_img– says circumstances surrounding renegotiated oil contract ‘murky’While the Government has announced plans to set up a national oil company where Guyanese will be allowed the opportunity to own shares in that company, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo claimed that there are several issues in relation to this and other issues which are still not clear.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman told the National Assembly during a special sitting of the Natural Resources Committee that this will not only enable them to benefit directly from the oil and gas sector, but locals may even be able to bid and have part of a concession.Trotman said the idea is that the company will be able to issue shares – as BanksOpposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoDIH, etc – so ordinary Guyanese can access those and for persons who have the means to go beyond that would be able to bid and have a part of a concession. He also highlighted that countries getting into the business of oil and gas are nothing new, using neighbouring Brazil’s State-owned company, Petrobras, as a well-known example.But the Opposition Leader told a news conference on Thursday that if a national oil company is to be set up to sell shares to Guyanese; that company will have to be vested with some assets. “What are the assets they are going to vest the company with? Are they going to vest the company that they are setting up for us to buy shares in Guyanese with the remaining oil blocks?” Jagdeo questioned.If that is not the case, Jagdeo has now questioned whether Government will give the remaining oil blocks out to other people. The former President said that based on comments made by senior Government officials, the public is now being told that Guyanese may be able to bid against some foreign company.“It is very confusing, because on one hand we have a moratorium, no commitment to the auction. Now he is saying that Guyanese will be able to bid against foreigners and he is saying that Guyanese can own shares in a company. They are very different things,” the economist added.Jagdeo also made reference to several news reports which speak to Government stating that they plan to issue a moratorium on remaining oil blocks. But Government also spoke about issuing new licences upon acquiring the services of some international law firms.“Is he (Raphael Trotman) saying that there is a moratorium until they get these firms to come and negotiate the contracts, or is he saying there is a moratorium period? And when the international advisers come, will they be tendering or auctioning the blocks. He did not give an answer to that. So the negotiation of contracts is one thing with the international law firms but they are still silent on theNatural Resources Minister Raphael Trotmanbig question on whether they will auction future blocks or not,” Jagdeo observed.According to Jagdeo, if one is to take into account the suggestions being made Guyanese will most likely want to get shares in the company. But there are still some answered questions.“What are the assets they are going to vest into that company? If you auction the oil blocks now what would the company own as assets. What are we buying shares in a hallowed company, a company that doesn’t have value? It is utterly confusing. If you look at the answers given.”ContractMeanwhile, Jagdeo pointed out that Trotman admitted that Government initiated the renegotiation of the ExxonMobil contract on the basis of threats made to Guyana’s territorial integrity by Venezuela. “You did not need a new contract to keep Exxon in that geographic area… ExxonMobil had already found oil, they were going to drill in any case in that same location,” he said.PPP/C parliamentarian Odinga Lumumba who chaired that meeting drilled the Minister on several other issues in relation to the sector, but also touched specifically on controversial clauses in the oil contract for which Jagdeo said was not addressed significantly and there was also no clarity.The Opposition Leader declared that the circumstances surrounding the signing of a renegotiated contract with ExxonMobil remain very murky based on the Trotman’s explanations.“All of Guyana was hoping that the Minister would explain some of the very contentions clauses and how they managed to find themselves in the contract. I must say I was disappointed,” Jagdeo stated. Another issue that caught the attention of the Opposition Leader is that fact that there is “no paper trail” regarding the Government’s engagement with ExxonMobil on significant matters.Jagdeo also explained that the announcement made by Trotman in relation to the hiring of an international law firm to help with the negotiations of future oil contracts, is something they have called for before. “We have been saying that we need to get the best people in the room,” noting that the Government also ignored the advice of its own Petroleum Advisor, Dr Jan Mangal on the same matter.last_img read more

Red-gown collection set at Reagan Library

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – Nancy Reagan will open an exhibit Friday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum featuring red gowns worn in the White House by seven first ladies, including one gown worn by herself. It’s part of a national campaign against heart disease called The Heart Truth, and February is Heart Health Month. The first ladies who wore the gowns include Reagan and Laura Bush, Barbara Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Rosalynn Carter, Betty Ford and Lady Bird Johnson. The Heart Truth campaign is sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, which is part of the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Red dress fashion collections have been part of The Heart Truth campaign since 2003, and Laura Bush has been the national ambassador for the campaign since Valentine’s Day of that year. Some of the celebrities who have participated in shows for the campaign include Sheryl Crow, Lindsay Lohan, Vanessa Williams, Christie Brinkley, LeAnn Rimes and Eartha Kitt. The First Ladies Red Dress Collection debuted at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2005 when Laura Bush and Reagan first unveiled the exhibit. At the Reagan Library, the exhibit is scheduled to run through Mother’s Day, May 13. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Old Trafford must be a fortress again -Rashford

first_imgRashford believes the winning feeling has started to return to United since Mourinho’s arrival, as they claimed the Europa League and EFL Cup last season, although he admits they still have a long way to go to match the presence of Ferguson’s teams, especially at home.“It’s definitely coming back, but where they were to where we are now, we’ve still got a long way to go because they were consecutively winning,” Rashford was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.“Consecutively winning is different to winning one thing or winning two things. It’s more difficult because everybody wants to beat you.“We want to make it (Old Trafford) the fortress that it was before. I think we’re on a path back to doing that. We’ve got the right manager, we have the right staff, so it’s just about producing now on the field.“That’s what United has always been about, so it is important for us to try and get that feeling back to Old Trafford of winning.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000United’s Marcus Rashford celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad stadium.MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Nov 20 – Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford is determined to help Jose Mourinho’s side become as dominant as Sir Alex Ferguson’s teams.The Red Devils made the most of their home-ground advantage on Saturday when they thrashed Newcastle United 4-1 at Old Trafford, with Anthony Martial, Chris Smalling, Paul Pogba, and Romelu Lukaku getting on the scoresheet.last_img read more

Man City v Man United: Mike Phelan warns hosts will be fired up for derby clash

first_imgMike Phelan has warned Manchester United to expect a fired up Manchester City this weekend.City have failed to win any of their last three games in all competitions, and many are backing United to heap more misery on their rivals when they meet at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.But Phelan, Sir Alex Ferguson’s former right-hand man at Old Trafford, reckons Manuel Pellegrini’s star-studded side will be right up for the occasion.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “They seem to be showing a little bit of inconsistency at the moment but that happens with teams sometimes, you take your eye off the game a little bit and it can upset you, but City are a top team, with top players.“In these big games, these derby games, your top players need to perform and need to show up, and I am sure they will be ready for it.”City will be without playmaker David Silva for the derby clash, while the visitors may welcome back Wayne Rooney.Phelan says, despite Silva’s absence, United are still the underdogs, but he is backing his old club to come away from the Etihad with a point.“The loss of Silva could be something they miss but I don’t think he played in the game last season, and City went on to win 4-1,” he added.“I actually thing there are goals in this game with the strikeforce of both teams. I think this could be an even 2-2.”Manchester City v Manchester United is live on talkSPORT in the UK on Sunday and live on outside the UK and Ireland, kick-off 13.30last_img read more

Insider Trading: Fellaini and Januzaj to leave Man United, Villa to secure starlet deal?

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, rounds up all the latest transfer rumours and gossip.He discusses reports linking Marouane Fellaini and Adnan Januzaj with moves away from Manchester United.He also delivers an update on Chelsea’s pursuit of Baba Rahman and reveals Oriol Romeu is set to sign for Southampton on a permanent deal.And he says Aston Villa are close to completing the signing of starlet Adama Traore from Barcelona.Here’s some of the top transfer rumours from Otamendi latest: Valencia defender on verge of Man United switch – reportsManchester City ready to hand Kevin De Bruyne £230,000-a-week contract to seal Wolfsburg switchWest Ham approach QPR over deal for goalkeeper Rob GreenHamburg set to rival West Ham for Barcelona wonderkid Alen HalilovicSouthampton working on £9m deal for Celtic defender Virgil van DijkGokhan Inler to choose Leicester City or Schalke switch by end of the weekGalatasaray and Fenerbahce target Manchester United midfielder Marouane FellainiPedro latest: ‘There is an understanding with Manchester United and Barcelona’, talkSPORT toldReports – Manchester United outcast Victor Valdes close to exitAston Villa transfer report: Tim Sherwood plotting audacious move for £20m-rated Monaco starTottenham transfer news: Cameroon striker close to securing £10m switch to White Hart Lanelast_img read more


first_imgBuncrana GAA Notes For Week Ending Sunday 16th SeptemberCongratulations: Congratulations all round in the Club this week! Firstly, to C.LG. Bun Cranncha’s U16 hurlers who were crowned league champions last Thursday night with a great win over Aodh Rua Ballyshannon. Thanks to alot of hard work Hurling is really flourishing in Buncrana at present, as the Minors and U14 squads are already County Champions. Congratulations to everyone involved. Secondly, congratulations to the man of the moment Ryan Bradley, who was rewarded this week with an Ulster All-Star award. Ryan is truly deserving of this prestigous award, following a number a man of the match performances throughout the championship. Best of luck to Ryan and the rest of the lads in the final, the whole community is behind you. It’s been 20 years since Donegal have had this opportunity so let’s get the flags and jersey’s out and paint the entire community green and gold!U21 Championship: Buncrana were in action in the semi-final of the U21 Championship on Sunday afternoon, when they where faced with Noamh Brid. Buncrana started brightly with two opening scores from Calvin Jones, which were followed up by a goal from Ruarí Connolly. Noamh Brid got on the score sheet with a point from Shane Walsh, however Buncrana were placed back in the driving sheet with points from Peter McLaughlin and a free from Patrick McMyler. Further points were registered for Naomh Brid by the impressive Shane Walsh, and a somewhat fortunate goal meant that Naomh Brid went in at half-time with a three point lead. HT Naomh Brid 1-7 Buncrana 1-4. Buncrana came out attacking in the second half with Darragh O’Connor and Ruairí Connolly placing points on the board, before Shane Walsh pointed from play and added three frees for Naomh Brid. The latter stages of the second half were dominated by Noamh Brid and they ran out winners on a scoreline of 2-9 to 1-10. Despite the result the Buncrana lads can be proud of there performances this year with many making the breakthrough into the senior sides.Sports Prediction Competition: The Buncrana GAA Sports Prediction Competition is in full flow and listed below is the current top ten, please log on to the Buncrana GAA Facebook page for further details:1. Oisin McColgan, 2. Stephen Moore, 3. Aidan Mulholland, 4. Brian Moran, 5. Bridget McDaid, 6. Andrew McLaughlin, 7. Andy McLaughlin (Senior), 8. Mathew Cutliffe, 9. James McDaid, 10. Ronan Doherty.5 MIle Walk/Run: Buncrana GAA have launched an exciting new annual event 5 Mile Road Race/Walk on All Ireland Final Weekend, Friday 21st September in aid of the Youth Development Fund. Runners & Walkers at all levels welcomed, please pre-register by emailing Football: U8 Football Training has now finished for the season and the management team would like to thank all we participated in a busy year for both training and blitz’s. Thanks to all parent who helped throughout the year. A note will be sent out when the training is to re-start.U10 Football: Training continues every Friday at 7.00pm at the Scarvey and new players are always welcome.Boys U14 Hurling: Boys U14 Hurling training takes place at the Scarvey every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7.00pm. If you haven’t played before and are interested in playing Hurling please feel free to come along.Boys U14 Football: Training for the boys U14 team will take place on Monday evening at 5.00pm. New and returning players are always welcome. Boys U14 & U18 Hurling: Hurling training for boys aged 14 to 18 years takes place every Saturday at the Scarvey at 3.00pm-5.00pm. New players are always welcome.U8 and U10 Hurling: Hurling training for children under 8 and under 10 years takes place each Sunday at 11.00am. If your child would like to learn the basic skills of hurling in a safe and fun environment please come down and try it out, new players are always welcome.Lotto: The winning numbers in the €3,040 jackpot lotto draw, which took place on Tuesday 4th September in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows: 1, 5, 25, 29There was no jackpot winner this week, however prizes of  €20 go to each of the following participants: Noel O’Donnell, 4 RockytownFergal McLaughlin, PorthawCatherine Porter, 5 Castle AvenueNoel O’Donnell, 4 RockytownCaolan McCann, IlliesCongratulations to our winners, particularly Noel O’Donnell who was lucky enough to be picked out twice, and thank you to all for your continued support, it is very much appreciated.Club Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Oisín at to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Oisín at by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on orín DohertyPRO CLG Bun BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: September 10th, 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:GAA: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more


first_imgMaxi Curran’s Donegal U21 side will be aiming to derail Cavan’s quest for FIVE Ulster titles in-a-row on March 11th.Donegal U21’s manager Maxi Curran has stepped up preparations for his squad ahead of their blockbuster Ulster Championship clash with Cavan.With March 11th looming ever closer Maxi Curran’s squad are stepping up the intensity in training and their challenge games ahead of their clash with the Ulster Champions.Cavan have been Donegal’s bogey team in recent years and have defeated them in the last two Ulster Finals. In the 2013 Ulster Final Donegal were defeated by Cavan by four points, and again last season despite leading with just a few minutes remaining, Donegal were defeated again by four points.Maxi Curran who has been the manager in the past two seasons will be hoping it can be third time lucky for his troops.Cavan have managed to hold on to a number of players from last season’s campaign .Cavan were eventually defeated by Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final and will have ambitions on winning another Ulster title. If Cavan win another Ulster title it will be their FIFTH Ulster success in-a-row at this grade.So Maxi Curran know the difficulty they face on March 11th at Mac Cumhaill Park.Donegal drew with Armagh last week in a tough and feisty physical encounter.Donegal will be hoping they can get star player Eoin McHugh back fit as he’s been side-lined due to a virus for the past number of weeks.Maxi Curran can call on senior stars Ryan McHugh, Darrach O’Connor and Hugh McFadden. DONEGAL U21’S GEARING UP FOR CHALLENGE OF CAVAN IN ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: February 18th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:CavanDonegal U21’sGAAMaxi CurrannewsSportUlster Championshiplast_img read more


first_imgThe two dogs left in squalid conditions at the house in Raphoe.BREAKING NEWS: A Raphoe woman has been banned from keeping dogs for two years after two dogs were found in horrific conditions in her back garden.Louise Gallagher appeared at Letterkenny District Court today charged with two cases of cruelty to dogs.The dogs, named Mitch and Samson, were found in their own excrement, were covered in sores and were drastically underweight. Feeding bowls found in the yard were empty.Ms Gallagher claimed the two boxer dogs had belonged to her former partner Dean Kelly.MItch and Samson were close to death according to ISPCA staff.However Kelly moved out in September, 2013 and the dogs were found by ISPCA officers in horrific conditions four months later.ISPCA Inspector Kevin McGinley said had the dogs been left in the yard at 2 Meadow Hill, Raphoe, and longer, they may well have died. “The dogs were in horrific condition and had they had been left at this address any longer, they could have died from neglect,” he said.Ms Gallagher pleaded guilty to two charges of cruelty to dogs through her solicitor Frank Dorrian.Mr Dorrian said Ms Gallagher did not have the financial means to keep the dogs and had no plans to get any dogs in the future.A vet who inspected the dog revealed that in her 27 years of practice, she had rarely seen young dogs in such an emaciated state.Mitch was vastly underweight and covered in sores when found.The ISPCA applied to the court for the €652 vet and rehabilitation costs for the two dogs. Judge Kelly adjourned the case until June 18th to allow for the costs to be paid and banned Ms Gallagher from keeping dogs for two years.ISPCA Inspector McGinley appealed to people to contact animal welfare agencies if they cannot cope with the upkeep of dogs or any other animals.“We appreciate that with the current financial downturn some people are finding it difficult to look after animals.“We would appeal to those people to contact the relevant agencies at an early stage so we can assist them,” he said. Mitch and Samson have made a full recovery since their ordeal and have now been re-homed in Co. Meath.Samson was also underweight and neglected.DONEGAL WOMAN BANNED FROM KEEPING DOGS AFTER PETS FOUND IN HORRIFIC CONDITIONS was last modified: February 7th, 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:Dean KellydogsInspector Kevin McGInleyISPCALaouise GallagherRaphoelast_img read more

Backers use tenure policy as scapegoat

first_imgIf backers of Proposition 74, the ill-named “Put the Kids First Act,” were really interested in the welfare of public-school children, they would attack genuine problems. Underfinancing, overcrowding, the charter-school drain on public funds and a host of other issues await resolution. But that isn’t the goal of those behind Proposition 74. They want to make it easier to purge teachers, tenured or probationary, whom they consider a threat to their view of American education. Hiding behind the charade that it takes five years to determine the fitness of a teacher, they want to extend the probationary period. But they also want to repeal the judicial procedures that for almost a century have given protection to tenured faculty faced with dismissal. The last time this was attempted was in the Reagan years, when the then-governor wanted to outlaw tenure, replacing it with yearly contracts without job protection. His proposal failed. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s crowd can’t wait to begin sacking the science teacher who doesn’t want to teach intelligent design, the social studies instructor who has an impartial word for the U.N., or the health educator who dares express any but the officially sanctioned line on sex. Tenure was designed to protect those good teachers from the wrath of vocal elements in the community who would impose their ideology on the public schools and the kids in them. Look at the record of school boards and administrators in this state before tenure offered a degree of protection to faculties. Their conduct demonstrates the need for permanent status for teachers once they pass a reasonable probationary period. In 1887, renowned San Francisco educator Kate Kennedy was dismissed by the local board primarily for her association with Henry George and the single-tax movement. Perhaps the earliest recorded scandal, one that surely proved the need for tenure, occurred in Los Angeles city schools in the mid-1890s. Sworn statements from several principals and teachers charged two school board members with demanding one month’s pay to guarantee that the board would reappoint the educators for the coming year. Four teachers with German names were fired at Oakland Technical High School in 1918 on trumped up charges of “disloyalty.” Ultrapatriotic (or perhaps disgruntled) students had spread rumors of their anti-American views. Los Angeles City School Superintendent Albert Shields wrote and imposed a lengthy loyalty oath on the city’s teachers in 1919 with the expressed intent of firing any who professed support for the IWW, a legal labor union. State Superintendent Will Wood investigated circulation of radical literature in the state’s public schools. His target: The New Republic, The Nation and those teachers who might have referred to them. Pasadena’s superintendent boasted that there were no “reds” in his schools and that he would recommend dismissal of those with radical tendencies. As late as the mid-1920s, Napa fired a female teacher who violated the rule against marriage. Lower courts upheld the dismissal as within the scope of the board’s authority. When the present state tenure law was adopted, recalcitrant school boards, fighting tooth and nail to maintain their right to fire teachers as they saw fit, simply decided to dismiss all teachers at the end of their probationary period rather than give them permanent status. That policy was followed in Glendale, Pasadena, Anaheim and elsewhere. Faced with an anti-tenure revolt, Mark Keppel, for nearly three decades Los Angeles County superintendent of public schools, whispered in a failing voice from his deathbed, his breath coming in gasps: “Don’t let them repeal the tenure law. The teachers and the children need it.” Keppel was right. Tenure protects good teachers who inspire their students to greater achievements. These educators are entitled to a refuge from the vagaries of politically motivated school boards more interested in promoting their own agendas than in good educational practices. Ralph E. Shaffer and Walter P. Coombs are professors emeriti at Cal Poly Pomona. Write to them by e-mail at AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Pringle questions Varadkar in Dáil over supports for small businesses in Donegal

first_imgDeputy Thomas Pringle has presented his online Business Survey results to the Taoiseach in the Dáil and confronted Varadkar over Fine Gael’s record on supporting small businesses in Donegal.The business survey was carried out by Deputy Pringle in recent months and gathered over 100 responses from businesses in Donegal.Speaking to the Taoiseach, Deputy Pringle said “results from my business survey show that over 80% of local businesses surveyed in Donegal are worried about depopulation and the retreat of rural services. They are aware that all around them post offices, garda stations and even banking facilities are closing down caused by the anti-rural sentiment pervasive in Fine Gael quarters. “It’s time that Fine Gael were called out on their deplorable record in rural constituencies. Rural depopulation is having a devastating impact on businesses struggling with new and existing challenges as they emerge from a long recession.“I’m not talking about businesses ready to export or IDA sponsored companies. I’m talking about the local coffee shop, hairdressers, butchers, furniture shop or newsagents, business that will never be primed for export.”The Killybegs TD added these are the businesses that are largely left outside Government supports yet are the drivers of local economic growth creating sustainable local employment across rural communities and helping to retain rural populations as a result.“Supports don’t have to be financial, they can assist in vital networking between businesses and across sectors such as tourism and retail. “The Taoiseach was unable to respond directly to my question because he knew he had no sufficient answer as to why support has been so lacking in this sector. Instead he talked about employment levels and other unrelated aspects of Fine Gael policy.“His reply confirmed the deeply held suspicions of current Government policy, which is simply that Fine Gael don’t care about rural Ireland” concludes Pringle.Pringle questions Varadkar in Dáil over supports for small businesses in Donegal was last modified: July 4th, 2018 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:BusinessdailDeputy Thomas Pringledonegallast_img read more