A press release from a group of young people calling itself the “Bataw Youth Association” from Bataw District, Sinoe County has denied media reports of a demonstration planned by its members to stop Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) from operating in their county.According to the release, it was reported recently in both two local dailies that youths in Butaw District were planning to demonstrate against GVL operations. The articles in both papers disclosed the youth were threatening to call on government to suspend GVL activities because the company was not committed to the concession agreement signed with the Liberian Government.The release stated that at a recent press conference, the spokesperson of the youth group, Chea Blamoh, described the report as false and misleading without an iota of truth. Blamoh explained through the release, “We the executives and members of Butaw Youth Association were not only dismayed by the reports from the two local dailies, but also disappointed in the reporters and editors of these newspapers for not having the second thought of contacting us for confirmation of such news before publication. Today, we have come to inform the people of Liberia that no member of Butaw Youth Association has and ever will plan to demonstrate; not to mention stop the operations of GVL in Butaw or anywhere in Sinoe,”“Our leadership wants to clearly state that those quoted in the report (Stanley Nimey and Edward Tarpeh) did not attend the meeting with Cllr. Brownell and are neither member of the Butaw Youth Association nor are they residents of Butaw.” Mr. Blamoh asserted in the release. It further explained that during the meeting with Cllr. Brownell on December 18, 2013, he told the gathering that the youth of Butaw would engage the management of GVL to provide a response to Cllr. Brownell’s version of the draft MOU within seven days. It added that Blamoh’s statement at the time was as a result of Cllr. Alfred Brownell saying that GVL failed to respond to his version of the proposed MOU, something he labeled as the cause of delays in the negotiation process.“Though, we had an issue or two with GVL in the past due to an information gap between us and the company, we have come to understand what we did not know previously. Therefore, we are willing to give GVL more land for the expansion of its operation in Butaw,” said the release furthering Blamoh’s statement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Five more Venezuelans were on Wednesday deported when they appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The deported Venezuelan nationals outside the Georgetown Magistrates’ CourtsJulio Fuguro, Carona Guataran, Maria Couplan, Yola Sanchez and Lana Parina Esequar all pleaded guilty to the charge which stated that they all entered Guyana illegally on July 25, 2016, at Eteringbang, Cuyuni River.They were all fined $10,000 each and deported. Venezuela is currently facing its most devastating economic crisis, caused in part by the decline in oil prices on the world market and its people have been suffering.Venezuelans are calling for assistance as they claim there is no food or jobs for them to provide for their families. However, Guyana’s Head of State, President David Granger explained that while the situation in the neighbouring country was cause for concern, Venezuelans are welcome in Guyana once they enter through legal means and abide by the laws of Guyana.
A miner was on Thursday shot and killed after he allegedly attacked a businessman with a cutlass at a mining camp in the Cuyuni River. The dead man has only been identified as “Leon”.Reports are the businessman visited a shop owned by a Brazilian on Thursday last but was forced to stay at that location since a fallen tree had blocked the road, preventing him from returning to his camp located at 1 ½ mile Bartica, Potaro.The businessman reportedly tied a hammock in the Brazilian man’s premises to spend the night when he heard loud noises emanating from outside. As a result, the Brazilian man went to check and saw the now dead man hitting a cutlass to the walls of his premises.According to reports, the Brazilian man attempted to take the cutlass away from “Leon” but instead, he was overpowered. The Bartica businessman intervened and was also attacked. Guyana Times understands that the Bartica businessman, who is a licensed firearm holder, drew his weapon and reportedly discharged a round in the air to scare “Leon” but the man continued making advances at him.The businessman discharged three rounds, two of which struck the now dead man. The Police were called to the scene and “Leon” was pronounced dead. The businessman was taken into Police custody and his weapon has since been lodged. On Tuesday, the police said that the businessman is assisting with the investigations.Meanwhile, a source close to the investigation told this publication that persons reported that the now dead man and the businessman were engaged in a heated argument.It was during this time that the man collected a cutlass and attacked the businessman who responded by shooting him twice, once the chest and once to the upper back. He collapsed and died.Police sources explained that after they received reports about the shooting, a team of investigators travelled to the area but due to the mountainous terrains, the body was only brought to Bartica on Monday. The businessman, the source explained is the son of a popular resort owner.
The Government of Guyana through the Finance Ministry is preparing to approve a legislative package to give to Hamilton Green the pension, benefits and other amenities afforded to a former Prime Minister.Former Prime Minister Hamilton GreenFinance Minister Winston Jordan is slated to move the Bill for a first reading when the House meets again on Monday, to deal primarily with Opposition-related matters.According to the Order of Business set out for parliamentarians and approved by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, Minister Jordan will present to the House, on behalf of Government the “Prime Minister Hamilton Green Pension Bill”.That Bill, according to the description in the Order Paper, will pave the way for an Act “to provide a pension, benefits and other facilities to Hamilton Green, Prime Minister from 1985 to 1992, to enable him to live in keeping with the high office he occupied”.Green was the recent beneficiary of a package that had been moved at the municipal level until Government could put a more substantial one in place.City Councillors recently voted in favour of a motion to have the services of the City Constabulary Department extended to Green.That motion was moved by Mayor Patricia Chase-Green and seconded by Councillor Heston Bostwick at the Council’s most recent statutory meeting.It was reported that until a package becomes available from Government, City Hall wants Green to benefit from the services of security guards at his residence.Chase Green at the time had remarked the former mayor served for 20 years in a succession and his was a unique case.Green served as Guyana’s Prime Minister under the People’s National Congress (PNC) Desmond Hoyte’s administration, from August 6, 1985 to October 9, 1992.Green was succeeded by Samuel Hinds, who represented the Civic component of the Peoples Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) following elections in 1992 that saw that Party taking office under the leadership of the late Dr Cheddi Jagan.In March 1993, Green sued the PNC for violation of his constitutional rights when that party at its Congress voted to expel him from the party.He subsequently went on to form the Good and Green Guyana (GGG) party and successfully contested the 1996 Local Government Elections where he secured the mayorship of Georgetown – which he held until 2016 due in large part to the extended hiatus in the hosting of Local Government Elections.Green was successfully readmitted to the PNC during the mid-2000s after a successful petition by the party’s New York Branch.The former Prime Minister and Mayor currently serves at the helm of the Central Planning and Housing Authority (CH&PA) — a position he was appointed to following the May 2015 electoral victory by the PNC-led A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) coalition.Green was also more recently bestowed with a National Award – the Order of Roraima –for his prolonged and sustained commitment to public service in Guyana.
If the five day forecasts are accurate it should be a White Christams from coast to coast in Canada, for the time time since 1971.Even Victoria, the city with the warmest climate in the country is blanketed in snow and with a Saturday low of minus 15 recorded its coldest day since 1969.In the central Vancouver Island community of Nanaimo 45 centimeters of snow has fallen since December 12th, about 17 more than Fort St. John has received all month.- Advertisement -However, the problem in this area is cold not snowy weather and we set a daily record yesterday with a reading of minus 37 point five and are on the verge of setting another one this morning.Meantime, the below normal temperatures are creating BC Hydro concern and it is asking customers across the province to try and cut down on their power consumption.Spokesman, Dag Sharman….Advertisement [asset|aid=745|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=63b8217af70323328cdb1498f23608da-Dag Sharman_1_Pub.mp3] Hydro’s main concern goes to the risk of outages, which increase with added strain to the system.As for the system that’s causing our cold weather it will ease a bit later this week but there’s nothing in the long forecast modules to suggest we’ll get back to seasonal temperatures values before we go back to work on January 5th.
SOLVANG – An international cadre of more than 125 cyclists finished the fifth leg of the Amgen Tour of California on Friday, setting the stage for their race into Santa Clarita today. Hundreds of cycling enthusiasts cheered and clanged cow bells as the riders passed them. The chance to see top international professional teams up close has drawn many spectators from afar. A vacationing Salt Lake City couple said Friday that they were lost in the crowd back in 2004 while following the Tour de France. Not so at Amgen. “It’s a great opportunity to get up close to the riders because in Europe you can’t,” said Norm Frye, 50, as he pulled on leg warmers while sitting on his road bike. “It’s just really exciting seeing all these world-class racers,” said Alison Frye, 42, from atop her $7,000 French-made Time bike. “We don’t get many races in the U.S. with Europe’s top racers.” Frye had no trouble getting champions to pose with her for photos: Italian Paolo Bettini from the Belgian team Quick Step-Innergetic and Dane Michael Rasmussen from the Netherlands Rabobank Cycling Team. “I think this race has the potential of bringing cycling to the U.S. as a spectator sport,” said Richard Schlickman, 61, who drove up from Hermosa Beach with three friends to watch the cyclists. The 600-mile race, which began with a prologue in San Francisco on Feb. 18 and will end in Long Beach on Sunday, is expected to draw 100,000 spectators to Santa Clarita today as riders make their way from Solvang into the area. Colorado fifth-grader Evan Lake, 10, rode 12 hours with friends from his youth team to watch the race, missing three days of school. With his dad, Chris, 45, Evan watched fellow Coloradan Bobby Julich from the Danish team CSC warm up on his spinning bike. Julich, who was in fourth place overall Friday, placed third in last year’s maiden Amgen Tour. The thrill was no less for locals. Vita Loyal rang a bell and charted racers’ times for her son Nate, 30, a trainer and bike fitter on the Sotheby’s professional team. “Keeping track of times, knowing what they have to beat, keeps you involved,” she said. Nate trains with Max Testa, who also trains Levi Leitheimer, on U.S.A.’s Discovery Channel pro-cycling team. In the end, Leitheimer won Friday’s time trials and was the overall leader going into today’s stage six. Cyclists are expected to leave Santa Barbara about 11 a.m. today and begin arriving in Santa Clarita about 3 p.m. The top viewing location recommended by Santa Clarita officials is the finish line on McBean Parkway between Magic Mountain Parkway and Valencia Boulevard. There, the city will host a Lifestyle Festival and other events. Another good spot is Valencia Boulevard between McBean and Tourney Road, an uphill portion on the final circuit where riders will most likely strike their best efforts for the day. email@example.com (661) 257-5251 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Liverpool are in pole position to finish fourth in the Premier League, but that wouldn’t automatically secure Champions League football next season.The Reds would have to play a qualifying round to reach the group stages, but unlike top four rivals Manchester City and Arsenal, they would not be guaranteed a seeded place in the draw, meaning there is the possibility of a tough eliminator.Should Liverpool finish fourth, their nightmare Champions League qualifying draw as an unseeded side could include a tie against one of Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli or Ajax.And even if they were seeded, at time of writing they could face a showdown with one of Roma, Hoffenheim, PSV Eindhoven, Sporting, Besiktas or CSKA Moscow.Here, talkSPORT explains what finishing fourth will mean for the clubs concerned and who they could potentially face.Fourth in the Premier League is rewarded with a place in the ‘League Route’ of the final Play-off Round of the Champions League.If Manchester United win the Europa League, there will be four English clubs in the Champions League group stages automatically (United plus the top three), but the fourth-placed team will contest the Play-off Round regardless of what happens when the Red Devils face Ajax.What is the ‘League Route Play-Off Round’ and which clubs could contest it?There are 10 teams in this round drawn in five ties – the five winners will go into the Champions League group stage, with the five losers entering the group stage of the Europa League.The 10 teams in this round are as follows:– Clubs that finish fourth in Spain, Germany and England– Third in Italy and Portugal– Five teams that have come through from the Third Qualifying Round (via the League Route – this is for clubs that have entered the qualification process courtesy of a domestic league position that is lower than first, ie. they aren’t national champions).These five teams are taken from the 10 teams in the League Route Third Qualifying Round, which are:– The third-placed club in France– Second in Russia, Ukraine, Belgium, Netherlands, Turkey, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Greece and RomaniaClubs so far confirmed in the League Route Play-off Round: Sevilla and Sporting Lisbon.Yet to be confirmed – From Germany: Hoffenheim or Borussia Dortmund. With one game to go, Hoffenheim and Dortmund are level on points. Dortmund have a goal difference four better than Hoffenheim. Both play at home in the final round of Bundesliga fixtures: Hoffenheim v 14th-placed Augsburg, Dortmund v eighth-placed Werder Bremen.From Italy: Napoli or Roma. With two games to go, Roma are one point ahead of Napoli. Remaining fixtures: Chievo (13th) v Roma, Napoli v Fiorentina (seventh), Roma v Genoa (16th), Sampdoria (10th) v Napoli.Clubs so far confirmed in the League Route Third Qualifying Round: Nice, Dynamo Kiev, Young Boys, PAOK, Steaua Bucharest and Ajax (who will be replaced by PSV Eindhoven if Ajax win the Europa League final v Manchester United)Yet to be confirmed – Belgium (most likely Club Brugge, but could yet be Anderlecht or Gent), Russia (currently CSKA Moscow, but could be Zenit), Turkey (currently Besiktas, could be Istanbul Basaksehir), Czech Republic (currently Viktoria Plzen, could be Slavia Prague)When Premier League clubs enter in the League Route Play-off Round draw, five teams are seeded and five are not (based on UEFA co-efficient score).Here is a list of all the clubs still in contention to qualify for the League Route Play-off Round, ranked by current UEFA co-efficient score (in order to be seeded, a club will need no more than four clubs in the draw to have a higher points total. Clubs in italics are confirmed as competing in 2017/18 Champions League qualifying):1. Borussia Dortmund (124.899)2. Sevilla (112.771)3. Arsenal (105.021)4. Manchester City (100.021)5. Napoli (88.499)6. Zenit (87.106)7. Dynamo Kiev (67.526)8. Ajax (64.092)9. Liverpool (56.021)10. Roma (53.566)11. PSV Eindhoven (46.172)12. Besiktas (45.840)13. Viktoria Plzen (40.635)14. CSKA Moscow (39.606)15. Club Brugge (39.480)16. Sporting (36.866)17. Gent (35.480)18. PAOK (35.080)19. Young Boys (28.915)20. Nice (16.766)21. Istanbul Basaksehir (10.340)22. Slavia Prague (8.135)=23. Hoffenheim (0)=23. Steaua Bucharest (0)What do these rankings mean for the Premier League clubs?Manchester City and Arsenal would definitely be seeded if they were in the Play-off Round draw, but Liverpool could find themselves unseeded if they are forced to qualify.If Sevilla are joined in the Play-Off Round by Dortmund and Napoli, plus two of Zenit, Dynamo Kiev and Ajax make it through the Third Qualifying Round, Liverpool would not be seeded, meaning they could be paired with any one of those clubs.What results would help Liverpool to be seeded?First, it would help if certain-to-be-seeded Dortmund won their final game of the season to ensure certain-to-be-unseeded Hoffenheim finish fourth in Germany.Second, if Napoli overtook Roma in Serie A.Third, if CSKA Moscow finish runners up in Russia, ahead of Zenit. With two games remaining, CSKA are a point ahead of Zenit, with a worse goal difference (+26 to Zenit’s +28). CSKA face ninth-placed Rubin Kazan away in their next fixture, then 12th-placed Anzhi at home. Zenit have fourth-placed Krasnodar at home, then eighth-placed Lokomotiv away.Fourth, if Ajax win the Europa League it would be handy, and not just because Liverpool fans would enjoy seeing Man United defeated, as it would put lower-ranked PSV in the qualifying rounds.Of course, Liverpool could avoid any doubt by securing third place in the Premier League, which will require Manchester City to drop points. The Reds could also yet find themselves overtaken by Arsenal, so we can only wait to see how results play out in England and across Europe before the final qualifiers for next season’s Champions League are confirmed. 1 Liverpool are battling with Arsenal (and Manchester City) for a shot at next season’s Champions League
The Mica Action Group (MAG) are to hold their first public meeting since the announcement in October last year of the Mica redress scheme for homeowners in Counties Donegal and Mayo.This meeting will be held on Wednesday July 24th 2019 from 8.00-9.00pm in An Grianan Hotel, Burt.Ann Owens Chairperson on the Mica Action Group said since the announcement in October 2018 that the government will support the rollout of a redress scheme to fix the homes affected by defective blocks, homeowners have waited patiently for more information. She said the Mica Action Group (MAG) have continued to engage with Government officials at both national and local level to request further clarity and to stress the importance of launching this scheme without further delay.“There has been progress in the form of Cabinet approval in May 2019 through significant support from Minister Joe McHugh’s office – which was a huge step forward in illustrating Government commitment to the issue.“However, aside from being told that the scheme will be administered by Donegal County Council (DCC), information on the scheme and how homeowners can apply for this redress has not been officially released and MAG and all affected homeowners are getting increasingly frustrated at the stalemate.“Therefore MAG are hosting this information evening in order to provide homeowners with as much information as we can at present. We have also asked a number of people who are instrumental in rolling out this scheme to attend and to speak at the event. “Damien Mc Kay, Consulting Engineer from Letterkenny is one of these key speakers. Damien was one of the first people who raised this issue in late 2013 after seeing a pattern of unusual cracking in more and more homes across the county. Damien has since undertaken assessments on hundreds of homes across the county and has acted as a spokesperson on the mica issue at Government level over the last number of years. He most recently trained and certified the newly formed cohort of engineers through Engineers Ireland who will form a key aspect of the redress scheme process.“Councillor Martin McDermott will also speak on the evening. Martin is a member of the newly formed mica steering group at Donegal County Council. This mica steering group will become more and more important over the coming months and years due to DCC’s key role in the scheme’s implementation. Martin will give an update on where DCC are with regard to the scheme.“Finally, a panel of key stakeholders including MAG, Damien McKay and Councillors; Martin Mc Dermott, Bernard McGuiness, Albert Doherty and Martin Farren who are all members of the DCC mica steering group, will be available in a question and answer session where questions will be taken from the audience. The information evening is open to everyone. This event will be followed by a (members only) AGM from 9.00-10.00pm. We would hope that these events will get a large turnout and will hopefully answer some key questions for affected homeowners on what to do next.“It is time for some real action and to see this scheme prioritised by all those tasked with its rollout. In the meantime, people are still living in fear. We need to see those in the most urgent need prioritised now without any further delay.”For further information please contact The Mica Action Group on firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 086 8648888. Media enquiries to Eileen Doherty, Mica Action Group on 087 2910106/ email email@example.com Background: The Mica Action Group is a voluntary group formed in early 2014 by individuals whose own homes are cracking due to defective blocks. The objective of the group is to seek redress for homeowners affected by this issue. The group has engaged with government on a local and on a national level to determine the exact scale and the cause of the problem in the county.MICA meeting to give clarity to frustrated homeowners across Donegal was last modified: July 15th, 2019 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:bricksdonegalmeetingMICAredress scheme
20 August 2013 While South Africa still faces significant developmental challenges – including continued high levels of poverty, unemployment and inequality – the country has made progress in a number of areas, according to the government’s 2012 Development Indicators Report. Launching the report in Pretoria on Tuesday, Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Collins Chabane said the sixth edition of the report indicated that the government was on the right track and making progress, despite tough local and international economic conditions. “Admittedly more needs to be done to achieve the goals we set for ourselves in 1994. However, based on the data presented and other evidence, life has indeed changed since 1994, and we are making progress,” Chabane said. Produced annually by the Presidency in order to monitor the implementation of government policies and programmes, the report is based on data sourced from government administrative datasets, official statistics, and research by local and international institutions.Progress The report shows that, compared to 1994, more South African households are accessing basic services, matric pass rates have increased from under 60% to 73%, the crime rate – although still very high – is coming down, infant and child mortality rates are falling, and life expectancy has increased. When it comes to access to basic services, the percentage of households with access to potable water increased from about 60% in 1994 to 96% by 2011/12, while those with access to electricity increased from about 50% to 76.5% and those with access to sanitation from 50% to 83.4%. Formal housing has grown by 50% since 1994, translating to an additional 5.6-million formal homes since the country’s first democratic elections. South Africans’ real incomes are also rising, according to the report, with the percentage of South Africans in the poorest living standards measures group (LSM1 to 3) having fallen from 40% in 2000/01 to about 12% in 2011, while those in LSM4 to 7 (the middle class) having increased from 42% to about 60%.Challenges However, the indicators reveal that South Africa still faces a number of challenges, including a high crime rate, a poor health and education system, and decrease in confidence in the future on the part of South Africans. According to the report, 58% of South Africans were confident of a happy future in 2012, compared to 72% in 2000, while 39% last year believed race relations were improving, compared to 72% in 2000. At the same time, drug-related crimes have increased – from 135.1 per 100 000 people in 2003/04 to 348.5 in 2011/12 – along with a backlog in land claims and decreasing social cohesion among the country’s race groups. And while inequality has slipped slightly and poverty has fallen, the country’s high unemployment rate – particularly among people under the age of 24 – has remained largely unchanged over the last decade. Unemployment dipped only slightly between 2006 and 2008, when the economy was experiencing growth of above five percent, falling to a low of 22.3%, before climbing to 25.1% in 2012.Inequality The Gini coefficient that measures inequality has slipped slightly, from 0.7 in 2000 to 0.69 in 2010 (with 1 representing complete inequality and 0 representing complete equality), but has risen in certain of South Africa’s provinces. The Western Cape has the lowest Gini coefficient at 0.62, while North West province has the highest at 0.73. The biggest increases in inequality were in Mpumalanga province (from 0.63 to 0.69 between 2000 and 2010) and in North West (from 0.67 to 0.73 over the same period), while the biggest decline, from 0.72 to 0.67, was in the Free State. Chabane said that his department was busy aligning all its strategic plans with the National Development Plan (NDP), and that this process would be completed by the time these plans were presented in Parliament at the beginning of next year. Source: SAnews.gov.za