… “reminds us we have to be vigilant”Days after Vice President and Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge announced that there are really no guarantees to guard against ExxonMobil underpaying royalties in Guyana – as is the case in Chad, Africa, where the company has been fined US$74 billion – Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman has conceded that Government is observing the development with keen interest and that it further serves as a reminder that “we have to be diligent.”Natural Resources Minster, Raphael TrotmanTrotman was at the time addressing a media conference on Friday held at the Cara Lodge in Georgetown.Minister Trotman in weighing in on the development did seek to point out that ExxonMobil’s legal woes in Chad could in fact be a boon for Guyana since the oil exploration giant will in fact have to find some money and find it fast.He suggested that the need for the company to secure monies in order to pay off its multibillion-dollar fines could in fact spur the company into accelerating its oil exploration activities in Guyana.The Minister suggested that ExxonMobil’s legal woes does not mean it will have to cut back on its operations in Guyana since this country “remains one of the few places where ExxonMobil’s ability to earn exists… We don’t in any way see them cutting back.”The Minister said if the company has a debt to pay off then it is a case where the company will have to earn money in order to make its payments.He told media operatives that Government officials are in regular meetings with officials of ExxonMobil; which has not denied the charges against it.“They have accepted this is, so it is a lesson for us to learn and give attention to,” said Minister Trotman, who also sought to explain that Guyana’s immediate concern is to ensure “we remain on track with timelines.”ExxonMobil – Guyana’s largest oil exploration partner – has been fined US$74 billion for underpaying its royalties in the African country of Chad.Minister with responsibility for foreign trade and international cooperation, Carl Greenidge this past week told media operatives that ExxonMobil’s legal woes in Africa serves to underscore the need for strengthening of institutions locally such as its Natural Resources and the Environment Ministry.Greenidge at the time told media operatives there is nothing that can be put in place since government will have to rely on its capacity and regulatory regime.“Protection lies first of all in making sure that the Ministry is properly equipped with the necessarily skills… That the formula that we have negotiated is reviewed and from time to time adjusted,” said Greenidge.With regards to protecting Guyana against being essentially deprived by ExxonMobil as it is accused in Chad, Minister Greenidge said “There is nothing that you can put in place… There is nothing to put in place to automatically fix these things.”Speaking directly to the Africa imbroglio, Greenidge said it was imperative that there be a case of constant monitoring, assessing and reporting… that only happens if the mechanism is weak or it (Chad’s Government) was not paying attention.”The Vice President said it must be kept in mind that companies such as ExxonMobil are companies, “… a company is a commercial enterprise bent on making profits.”He said countries operating across the world in their bid to maximise the profit margins, sometimes flout the laws within which they were supposed to work in, if allowed to do so.Greenidge said companies such as Exxon have to be considered partners – partners that must work with the rules which they were permitted to operate but it must be recognised that “there is no partner that will operate forever without trying to dodge the rules.”The Foreign Affairs Minister said it is for the Government to ensure that its rules and capacity are up to date and constantly reviewed to ensure that the companies adhere to their obligations.ExxonMobil Corp, the company which is currently intensifying exploration activities in Guyana after striking oil here recently, was fined a whopping US$74 billion for underpaying royalties in the central African nation of Chad where the company has been drilling for 15 years.According to international reports on the mega fine by Chad courts, the amount is about five times more than that country’s Gross Domestic Product, which the World Bank estimates at US$13 million.The High Court in the capital, N’Djamena, announced its ruling on October 5, 2016, in response to a complaint from the Chad Finance Ministry that a consortium led by ExxonMobil hadn’t met its tax obligations.The court also demanded that the Texas-based oil explorer pay US$819 million in overdue royalties, according to the document.
The Miracle Man in action with the Lone Star against Mali’s national team. Photo: Mozart Dennis – Advertisement – The national soccer coach, James Salinsa Debbah, had a colorful soccer career both in Liberia and in Europe. Known popularly to adoring fans as Salinsa, he began his career with Mighty Barrolle in 1984.At the time Mighty Barrolle and rivals Invincible Eleven were the nation’s title contenders and whenever the two teams met in any of the various competitions, Monrovia was agog with gossip and excitement.A colorful inside left (#10), Salinsa possessed a remarkable ability to turn imminent defeat into victory and sports writers at the time awarded him with the accolade ‘The Miracle Man.’Salinsa had the uncanny ability to scores important goals against their opponents that he also earned the accolade ‘Liberia’s Most Celebrated Player.”In 1989, he left Liberia for Union Douala of Cameroon to begin a semi-professional career after refusing previous offers and lasted a season, moving on to the French club Olympique Alès.The following year, 1991, Debbah joined AS Monaco and eventually played in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup finals. In 1995 he moved to Olympic Lyonnais and later joined OGC Nice until 1997.He later joined Belgian League squad R.S.C. Anderlecht and later played one season for Paris St. Germain. Debbah later joined the Turkey Super League squad Ankaragücü before joining Iraklis of Greece.He also played for Al-Jazeera Club from 2001–2003 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, then Muharraq Club from 2003–2004 in Muharraq, Bahrain. Four years after leaving Muharraq Club, he moved to the Indonesia Super League and joined PKT Bontang for a season (2008–09).Debbah was a key player for the national soccer team, Lone Star and teaming up well with teammates, including George Weah, Dominic Brapoh (Lucky Shango), Jonathan Sogbie (Boye Charles) and the rest. Presently managing the national soccer team, Debbah continues to keep the dream to contribute and inspire the younger generation to do better for the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
An example of the conditions under which rice has to grow– over 1000 acres under rice cultivation– NICIL mum on terms of leasesLand from the Wales sugar estate, one of several estates that Government has moved to privatise, has been snapped up by local and overseas farmers, with over a thousand acres of that land now under rice cultivation.This was revealed by the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) on Monday. According to NICIL Special Purpose Unit (SPU) head, Colvin Heath-London, his unit’s diversification team has been coordinating this process.“In terms of the divestment at Wales, the diversification team at the SPU, which is managed by Mr. Fitz McLean, has been able to enter into arrangements with several small, medium and large (scale) farmers, most of (whom) are (of) Guyanese origin. Several of the large farmers come from the region and internationally, and work is ongoing in this field,” Heath-London said.He revealed that these foreign farmers hail from Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, and as far away as the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. These farmers, he noted, are mostly interested in cultivating rice. To do this, however, sugar cane fields have to be converted into the swampy, semi aquatic conditions needed for rice to grow.“The predominant crop that these farmers want to put into production is rice. Presently, we have over a 1000 acres under rice cultivation, and those farmers who have successfully been given leases are presently doing land conversion to plant their crops,” he revealed.In December 2016, Wales became the first estate to be closed as part of Government’s drive to downsize the sugar industry. Other Estates closed were Skeldon, Enmore and Rose Hall, all of which were re-opened in order to be privatised.With the closure of Wales, more than 300 workers were dismissed and were either paid their severance or given employment at the Uitvlugt estate. However, workers had to head to court in order to get a ruling ordering GuySuCo to pay their severance.In March of last year, NICIL put on the market thousands of acres of land from Wales, as well as machinery from various estates. In a notice from NICIL’s SPU, it was indicated that bids were being sought for the purchase of lots One to 12 and lots 14 straight to 31 of Plantation Wales, West Bank Demerara.The land in question is situated along the eastern and western sides of the West Bank Demerara public road, and bidders can vie for as many of the lots on sale as they want. Noting that they are not bound to accept the highest or any particular bid, the unit warned in their notice that tenders must be received by March 16, 2018.GuySuCo, one of the largest landowners in Guyana, has for some time been bogged down by billions of dollars in debt. The current Government has been engaged in divesting the Corporation’s assets, putting the SPU in charge of this process and procuring international consultant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) to valuate GuySuCo’s assets.In another notice, NICIL had also invited Expressions of Interest (EoI) from bidders desirous of purchasing scrap metal and equipment. The notice had made clear that bidders were only being sought to export the scrap metal and equipment from the Skeldon, Albion, Rose Hall, Blairmont, Enmore, Wales and Uitvlugt estates.Wales Sugar Estate
Two brothers were slapped with a narcotics trafficking charge on Monday and appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Remanded: Brothers Kevin and Kevon ThomasKevon Thomas, a logger and Kevin Thomas, a labourer, both 23-year-old of Dubally, Upper Berbice Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.Both men denied the charge, which stated that on July 9, 2019 at Hururu Upper Berbice River, Region 10 they had in their possession 2.38 kilograms of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield in court on Monday stated that on the day in question at about 01:30 h ranks from the Kwakwani Police Station acting on information proceeded to the Berbice River.On arrival the ranks observed a wooden boat with four occupants and a search was carried out on the vessel. The ranks unearthed a quantity of leaves, seeds and stems in a haversack in the boat.According to the prosecutor, the men were told of the offence and taken to the Kwakwani Police Station where the two defendants give ranks caution statements admitting to the offence.The Prosecutor objected to bail on the grounds of the prevalence of the offence and the penalty the charge attracts.The Chief Magistrate after listening to submission remanded the brothers to prison. The case will continue on August 2 at the Kwakwani Magistrate’s Courts.
DDTV: We probably don’t have the stomach for it – but what a view you can get…paragliding over the Five Finger Strand in Inishowen. The boys from CloudSurfIreland certainly know how to get their kicks.And you can see how they get on without getting a single hair blown out of place by playing the video. DDTV: WOW! PARAGLIDING OVER THE FINGER FINGER STRAND was last modified: January 9th, 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:donegalfive finger strand
Members of one Donegal GAA club say they are being tormented by begging letters and phonecalls after a rumour started that they received an extra allocation of All-Ireland Final tickets.Rumours have been spreading like wildfire that Sean MacCumhaills GAA club in the Twin Towns received an extra 119 tickets.Now committee members have been receiving late night phonecalls, texts and even begging letters through their door for the phantom tickets. Secretary of Sean MacCumhaills, Peter Maloney, said he thought there could be a malicious side to the rumours.“I think there could be a malicious side to it. What we want to say is that they have to stop.“We don’t know where these rumours are coming from.“It is causing a lot of torment to our committee members who are receiving all sorts of phonecalls at two, three, four and five o’clock in the morning. “It’s just gone beyond a joke. We are getting texts and letters have even been dropped into letter boxes in the middle of the night,” he said.Mr Maloney said the rumours are that the club was even selling the extra tickets for just €10 each.“I can state categorically that this is not the case and we have no extra tickets.“We would ask people to stop contacting members because all our tickets have been allocated,” he said. GAA CLUB “TORTURED” AFTER RUMOURS OF EXTRA TICKET ALLOCATION SPREADS was last modified: September 17th, 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:donegalSean MacCumhaillsticket allocation
Donegal Camerata String Quartet with Revd. Canon Stewart Wright, who will be reading the “Seven Last Words of Christ” during the performance.The Donegal Chamber Music Society continues its Sunday afternoon concert series in Letterkenny this Sunday.The Donegal Camerata will perform Franz Joseph Haydn’s “The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross” Op. 51 for string quartet in Conwal Parish Church.In 1786 Haydn was commissioned to compose an orchestral work called The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour On the Cross. The work was designed for a performance at the Good Friday service at the Cádiz Cathedral in Southern Spain. Haydn later adapted it for string quartet in 1787. The piece last about one hour and includes seven slow sections that are meditations on each of the last seven words or phrases spoken by Jesus on the Cross. Haydn also added an Introduction and a final movement called Earthquake. This deeply moving masterpiece is presented by the ensemble as a Lenten preparation for Holy Week.The Donegal Camerata is an international string ensemble of professional players based in the North West. The string quartet consists of Hungarian violinist Orsolya Szabó-Yélamo (first violin), Northern Ireland violinist Claire Cunningham (second violin); Slovakian string player Lucia Spacirova (viola); Spanish musician Víctor Yélamo (cello).“The Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross”, Op. 51 by Franz Joseph Haydn will be performed by the Donegal Camerata String Quartet on 23rd of March in Conwal Parish Church at 3pm. Admission €10/ 5, tickets will be available at the door. “THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF OUR SAVIOUR ON THE CROSS” IN CONWAL PARISH CHURCH THIS SUNDAY was last modified: March 20th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Conwal Parish ChurchDonegal Chamber Music Society“THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF OUR SAVIOUR ON THE CROSS” IN CONWAL PARISH CHURCH
GAA: Ciaran McKeever has claimed that on Sunday his Armagh side will be facing the best team in Ireland. Armagh host Donegal in what promises to be a cracking Ulster SFC quarter-final clash between two sides who have enjoyed a healthy rivalry over the years.The All-Ireland quarter-final between the two counties at Croke Park last year was a tense and physical encounter which threatened to spill over at times last year. A number of scuffles broke out and Donegal team doctor Kevin Moran was flung to the ground during one of the many physical exchanges that occurred.The psychological mind games have begun in the run-up to Sunday’s eagerly anticipated clash with Armagh star Ciaran McKeever claiming Donegal are the best team in Ireland.McKeever told The Irish News, “Since Jim McGuinness took over, Donegal have been one of the top teams in Ireland.“As a footballer, you always love a challenge. You always relish a challenge against the best and we’re facing the best team in Ireland. “It’s the Ulster championship and we’re under no illusions as to how competitive it is.“Only 30 medals are given out each year and you always want to have one.“Last year, we were coming in after five or six games on the bounce, we were in really great form. There was a buzz about the place and huge momentum.“This time it’s different. Donegal have a game over them (against Tyrone) and we have been sitting idle for seven weeks.“We have been trying to keep a competitive edge. We’re out of Division 3, it’s a massive challenge and we have to try and claw our way out of it.” ARMAGH STAR CLAIMS DONEGAL ARE THE BEST TEAM IN IRELAND was last modified: June 11th, 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:armaghdonegalGAAHome-page Sportnews
Pirates won the sevens this past weekend (Photo by Agencies)Kyadondo Sevens FinalsKobs 07-26 PiratesKyadondo Play Ground:The Black Pirates defeated Kobs in the Rugby in the National Sevens tournament played at Kyadondo over the weekend.The Rugby Premiership champions blew away their rivals 26-7 in a game that they (Pirates) dominated from start to finish.Pirates croozed through the pool stages with wins against Stallions (38-0), Buffaloes (29-0) and Hippos (22-0) without conceding a point.In the last eight, Pirates beat Hippos 22-0 before running over hosts Hima Cement Heathens 35-10 in the semis.Meanwhile Kobs overcame Rhinos 14-07 in the semifinals to set up the all-legends finals at Kyadondo.“Winning the first circuit is usually a stepping stone to consolidating and winning the national 7s, said Pirate, Ivan Magomu.“it is a morale booster to theus and hopefully the team can go ahead and win more of these even with the absence of some players in future.Kobs coach Edmond Tumusiime thought his side performed well despite ending up runners ups, for a side that had not experienced the best of preparations.“They were the better team on the day but we did well because especially that we hardly prepared, said Tumusime.“I am sure we will improve as the series wear on.The next circuit will be in Jinja later this month at Dam Waters.Group Results:-Kobs 14-00 MUBS-Warriors 05-12 Rhinos-Heathens 21-12 Sevens Academy-Rams 07-05 Mongers-Buffaloes 10-05 Hippos-Pirates 38-00 Stallions-Kobs 19-05 Warriors-Rhinos 24-00 MUBS-Heathens 14-00 Rams-Buffaloes 00-29 Pirates-Kobs 14-05 Rhinos-Warriors 12-12 Mongers-Rams 24-07 Sevens Academy-Buffaloes 07-03 Stallions-Pirates 22-00 HipposQuarter Finals Results:-Kobs 19-10 Warriors-Heathens 27-19 Mongers-Pirates 10-5 Hippos-Rhinos 19-14 RamsSemi finals Results:-Heathens 5 Pirates 35-Kobs 14 Rhinos 7Comments Tags: National Sevens first circuit
George Groves’ clash with local rival James DeGale was a bigger test of his nerve than this weekend’s world title fight, according to the Hammersmith man’s trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick.Groves, then 23, upset the odds by edging a close points decision against Olympic gold medallist DeGale in front of a sell-out crowd at the O2 Arena in May 2011.And Fitzpatrick believes that experience is partly why the unbeaten challenger is unfazed by being the underdog ahead of Saturday’s showdown with super-middleweight champion Carl Froch.“Here’s a dude who is very composed and very at peace with where he is,” Fitzpatrick told West London Sport.“He’s been on the big stage far before Carl Froch was in his career. In only his 12th fight he fought on pay-per-view [against DeGale] in front of 20,000 people.Groves is convinced he will overcome Froch.“And this fight is easier emotionally than that one. Then he had to fight a fellow Londoner from the same district, the same amateur gym.“Emotionally that is very testing and trying and he’s proven that he can keep it together.“Don’t forget out of 31 experts before that fight, 29 had him losing, so opinions don’t mean anything.“You can be in a room and when someone walks in you can pick a vibe up from them.“I think anyone around George at the moment would pick up the vibe of a man who is very much relaxed about where he is right now.“He’s already proved to himself that he is ready emotionally for this stage and he’s proved technically in all his fights that he’s ready. Now he’s got to show everyone.”Irishman Fitzpatrick stepped into the breach after it was announced in September that Groves was no longer being trained by Adam Booth.Fitzpatrick had previously been part of the Groves camp and was an obvious person for the former British champion to turn to.Booth’s absence has raised eyebrows ahead of his protege’s step up to fight a man with considerable top-level experience who is widely fancied to successfully defend his WBA and IBF belts.But Groves and his team point to weaknesses of Froch which were exposed in defeats against Andre Ward and Mikkel Kessler as well as a questionable points win against the slick Andre Dirrell and a last-gasp stoppage of a fading Jermain Taylor.“By nature we’re pretty much all sheep. You get one man in a crowd who nods and then they all nod,” Fitzpatrick added.“Carl has had two years now with Eddie Hearn where he’s been promoted wildly and he is a warrior – he’s top drawer.“So when you have somebody who is proven against somebody who is coming through, there will always be the question about whether he’s ready.“When the champion is a strong champion they usually say [about the challenger] that it’s too soon and he hasn’t done anything yet.“But you can’t have done it until you do it. Carl did it in his 24th fight, Joe Calzaghe in his 23rd, Andre Ward in his 19th and now George will do it in his 20th.”See also:Confident Groves squares up to Froch after final press conferenceHearn predicts Groves will go on the attackGroves: Froch is wrong, I’m ready for himFroch claims Groves will be ‘annihilated’Groves stays cool at tense weigh-inGroves reveals his plan to beat Froch in Saturday’s world title clashFroch v Groves: Live updatesGroves says Froch ‘has 48 hours to readjust’ after gameplan is revealedGroves’ trainer reveals he had reservations about fight 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook