Sophia fire causes power outage to over 10 ECD villages

first_imgSeveral villages along the East Coast of Demerara were subjected to a power outage on Tuesday night and leading into Wednesday, which resulted in mass inconvenience and confusion.On Wednesday, several concerned and irritated residents told Guyana Times that the power supply went off at about 23:55h on Tuesday night but up today Wednesday afternoon, electricity was not restored.After numerous reports from residents were made to the Guyana Power and Light (GPL), the company posted on social media that some of the affected areas included North Sophia, New Haven, Belvoir Court, Blygezigt Gardens, Bel Air Village, Bel Air Promenade, Bel Air Gardens, Bel Air Springs, Liliendaal to Industry, the University of Guyana and the Cyril Potter College of Education.Guyana Times understands that there was a fire at Sophia Dam, which damaged the utility company’s pole and primary structure. GPL stated that workers were unable to transport a piece one equipment at the dam; and as such, works were being carried out manually to replant new poles.“Due to inaccessibility to the dam to accommodate out pole planting equipment, remedial work to replant the structures are being done manually,” the company stated. The public was advised to exercise caution “when lighting fires in close proximity to GPL’s infrastructure”.One concerned resident voiced her discomfort to Guyana Times Guyana Times on Wednesday morning, noting that she was afraid that some of the items which she brought for Phagwah will spoil.“The cut off out light last night. It’s from Bel Air, Sand Road, Liliendaal, Cummings Lodge, Industry, Pattensen, Turkeyen and other areas. Since last night the light come off and we buy things for Phagwah. We want to know why until now the light ain’t come on back,” she said.The woman noted that strangers are roaming the streets and many persons are fearful that homes can be burglarised.Back in February, the company had experienced a cyber-attack on its computerised systems and the power company did note that a ransom was requested. It noted that permanent corrective measures were taken, which included initiating an information system quarantine.GPL said during this period, there were service interruptions for customers visiting its offices attempting to submit queries and new service applications since the Customer Information System was taken offline.Meanwhile, Guyana Times understands that power was restored to the communities late Wednesday afternoon.last_img read more

EITI stipulates full transparency over cash payouts

first_img2019 standards– State spending on social services, subsidies must be tracked, disclosedWhen it comes to spending the millions of US dollars that the oil and gas sector brings, the Extractive Industry Transparency Index (EITI) has retained a number of measures for member countries to increase transparency and accountability.The EITI 2019 standardThese measures are contained in the EITI’s 2019 standards, which were recently released by the global watchdog, and member states are expected to fully comply. According to the standards, the Government should ensure full disclosure of State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) payouts.According to the EITI standards, SOE payouts or quasi-fiscal expenditures include instances where Government spends oil and gas revenues on social services, public infrastructure, fuel subsidies, and national debt servicing. EITI designates these expenses as anything outside of the national budgetary process.“Where State participation in the extractive industries gives rise to material revenue payments, implementing countries must include disclosures from SOEs on their quasi-fiscal expenditures,” the standards stated.“The multi-stakeholder group is required to develop a reporting process with a view to achieving a level of transparency commensurate with other payments and revenue streams, and should include SOE subsidiaries and joint ventures.”Meanwhile, the standards also stipulated the disclosure of details regarding beneficial owners of oil blocks. This includes the percentage of ownership. It also stipulates the filing of ownership information with regulators.This comes even as revelations have emerged that State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) executive member Eric Phillips having financial interests in an oil company vying for oil blocks in local waters.Cash payoutsSince ExxonMobil discovered oil and estimates have put the amount of money Guyana will earn in the range of billions of US dollars, there have been questions over how this money will be spent.One proposal has been that the Government spend a percentage of the oil revenue on direct cash transfers to the people, whether conditional or not. One proponent of this has been economist Dr Clive Thomas, who has called for some of the oil wealth to go to households in Guyana.Dr Thomas has noted that citizens were better in tune with their needs and what they were lacking in their personal lives. He has noted that his experience as an economist as well as research have shown that citizens given cash payouts were more likely to use them to improve their lives than squander the money.“People heard of stories of boxers who made a lot of money in fights, but then end up being poor. They know stories of people who won the lotteries and ended up being poor and they try to generalise from that, that this is the experience of every oil and gas economy. If we look at the facts, while that can and does happen, in most cases people who win lotteries end up by being in the situation where their status has improved their lives and chances.“It is not as if there are no risks … I am not claiming that calling for cash transfers means people might not spend it on consumption or wastage, but I am saying they would better conserve it than any other outside agencies – whether you call it local or central government,” Dr Thomas had said last year during a public forum in Buxton.Working People’s Alliance (WPA) executive Dr David Hinds has said that his party would be pushing for cash transfers. But, Government has been lukewarm to this idea. President David Granger, when asked about this proposal last year, had said there was “no evidential basis” for cash payouts.MoneyGovernment has, however, signed the Natural Resources Fund Bill into law. The Bill sets out, among other things, a 22-member Public Accountability and Oversight Committee that will oversee the Fund. The Committee is supposed to include representatives from the media, Private Sector and the Bar Association.Following its 10th discovery of oil in the Stabroek Block, ExxonMobil had estimated the recoverable resource in the Block to be five billion oil-equivalent barrels. With oil at US$50 a barrel, that equates to well over US$200 billion.Exxon has since revised this figure upwards after three more discoveries, the last one being at the Yellowtail-1 well in April. More drilling is also scheduled for this year and it was only days ago that its first Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel for Guyana, the Liza Destiny, was commissioned.In addition, an independent assessment, or competent persons’ report, had found that 2.9 billion barrels of oil existed in the Orinduik Block. All of this will represent a monetary windfall for Guyana, which will be saved and invested through the Natural Resources Fund. Previously, a green paper on the Fund was laid in the National Assembly.Then, there is the issue of the Fund Managers. Investment firm Merrill Lynch has previously expressed an interest in being involved in managing Guyana’s oil finances. In fact, representatives from the firm had reportedly met with Central Bank Governor, Dr Gobind Ganga.The Opposition has urged that the vetting process for the Fund Manager be a rigorous one. Touching on this subject, too, on Tuesday, US Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch recommended that should Guyana go this route, credible and efficient Fund Managers be chosen.last_img read more

Jordan, Nagamootoo call for street protests, “troubles”

first_img…as elections violence fear surfacesFinance Minister Winston Jordan in BarticaPrime Minister Moses NagamootooRegardless of what the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) or anyone says, the coalition Government is not prepared to call elections unless House-to-House Registration is carried out. This is according to Finance Minister Winston Jordan.Jordan made this statement during a Government outreach in Bartica on Tuesday, in the presence of several other Ministers of Government, in clear defiance of the CCJ ruling. At the time, Jordan also rallied coalition supporters to protest if necessary for House-to-House Registration. This is despite the fact that this exercise is likely to further delay elections that were constitutionally due since March 21 of this year.“Comrades, be on the ready! Because we will be able to call you out to picket for House-to-House registration. No registration, no elections!”“And CCJ or no CCJ, they can’t tell us that we must tinker with that list to call an improper election. Elections must be free, fair, and proper,” the Minister said in gross disregard for the ruling of the highest court in the Region.It was only on Tuesday that the CCJ ruled that Government fell to the no-confidence motion the Opposition brought against it last December. The law says that when this occurs, the President and Cabinet must resign and elections must be held within three months of the motion.That deadline elapsed since March 21, 2019, with Government having spent much of this time moving from the High Court to the Appeals Court seeking to overturn the motion, rather than ensuring elections were held.At a press conference on Tuesday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had rejected the November timeline for elections put forward by President David Granger. According to Jagdeo, the parliamentary Opposition expects, in the interest of principle and practicality, elections in three months.But Jordan, during his address, called on the Police to be on guard and utilise its intelligence. He also made it clear to the party’s supporters that the coalition government had no intention of demitting office.“From today Comrades, war break. Because we got to go to elections before the end of this year, hopefully. I say hopefully because we can only go to elections when GECOM says it ready. So don’t let anyone tell you anything.“And I’m putting the Police on notice. Mischief will be afoot between now and when the elections are called. You have to be on your guard and your lookout. Your intelligence has to be upgraded. Because already there is talk about bringing people on the street,” he said.Meanwhile, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo also made his pitch to the coalition supporters. Nagamootoo announced that there would be trouble if youths are disenfranchised – despite there being a process for adding youths to the list automatically whenever they become eligible to vote.“The young people who turned 18 since the last elections, their names are not on that voters’ list and anyone who calls for an election without our young people being on that voters’ list, they’re calling for trouble in this country,” Nagamootoo said.The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has since wasted little time in writing to Police Commissioner Leslie James (who coincidentally joined the Ministers in Bartica for the outreach) and the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) to register its complains over the two officials’ statements.On Tuesday, the CCJ ruled that the no-confidence motion of December 21, 2019 was validly passed against the Government. It also ruled that Alliance For Change (AFC) defector Charrandas Persaud was entitled to vote against his party list and that even as a dual citizen, his vote was still valid.On the matter of the Guyana Elections (GECOM) Chairman, the court ruled that not only was that appointment unconstitutional but the President ought to have given the Opposition Leader an explanation as to why consecutive lists of nominees were being rejected.Already, the diplomatic community, members of civil society and the Private Sector have called on all parties to respect the CCJ ruling. Soon after the ruling, however, President David Granger issued a statement in which he said that while he respected the ruling, the Government would still insist on House-to-House Registration – a process that could further delay elections.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Jagdeo also stated that Government was using GECOM and the voters’ list as excuses to “desperately hang on to office, hoping his Government can spend taxpayers’ money to improve its political fortunes – all while the country is drifting”.last_img read more

Giggs hopeful of full recovery for stricken mentor Ferguson

first_img0Shares0000Ryan Giggs was part of all 13 of Alex Ferguson’s Premier League winning sides © AFPLondon, United Kingdom, May 6 – Manchester United’s most decorated player Ryan Giggs led another day of well wishes from the world of football for his legendary former manager Alex Ferguson following the Scot’s emergency surgery on a brain haemorrhage.Considered the most successful manager in the history of British football, Ferguson, 76, won 38 trophies in just over 26 years in charge of United, including 13 Premier League titles and the Champions League twice before retiring in 2013. United have offered no update on Ferguson’s condition since saying a procedure on the haemorrhage on Saturday had gone “very well”, but that a period of intensive care is needed to optimise his recovery.Wales manager Giggs was part of all 13 of Ferguson’s title-winning sides in a 24-year playing career at Old Trafford.“Now is the time to pray and hope he can make a full recovery,” Giggs told BBC Wales.“He has been the biggest influence in my career, both on and off the pitch.“I know the operation has been a success – but he is a fighter and that is what makes me think that he will be able to make a recovery.”United defender Phil Jones is also positive on Ferguson’s chances of making a full recovery, despite admitting to being “devastated” by the news of his ill health.“(I am) just devastated, absolutely devastated,” said Jones, who was signed for United by Ferguson in 2011.A global impact: messages have poured in from around the world wishing former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson a speedy recovery following emergency for a brain haemorrhage © AFP/File / Ben STANSALL“He is such a legend in my eyes. He is the one who brought me to the club and gave me that opportunity to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world. He’s taken me under his wing like a father and it was shocking.“It’s sad, but I know his character. I know he has that fight in him. Hopefully he’ll recover well.”United midfielder Juan Mata admitted news of Ferguson’s condition had a “huge impact” on the current squad.“This circumstance has had a huge impact on Manchester United, as you can imagine,” Mata wrote in his blog.“All of us are united right now, wishing Sir Alex a speedy recovery. He has been a unique and fundamental figure in the football world over the last few decades.”United thanked the many well-wishers, including the likes of rival managers Arsene Wenger, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, who spoke of their admiration for Ferguson.– ‘Strong man’ –Wenger enjoyed a long, and at times fractious rivalry with Ferguson as they battled for Premier League supremacy in the first decade of the Frenchman’s 22-year reign in charge of Arsenal. However, they later became friends and with Wenger leaving Arsenal at the end of the season, Ferguson presented his old adversary with a memento on his final visit to United’s Old Trafford ground just last weekend.Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger enjoyed an epic rivalry with Alex Ferguson on the pitch, but was among those to wish the Scot a speedy recovery © AFP / Paul ELLIS“I was with him on the pitch last week. I went to see him in the box after the game and he looked in perfect shape,” said Wenger, after his final home game as Arsenal boss.“He told me he is doing a lot of exercise, and he looked very happy but that kind of accident can happen. We wish him all well and to recover very quickly. He is a strong man and an optimistic man.”Sunday saw runaway winners Manchester City receive the Premier League trophy. But local rivalries were forgotten as a banner was held aloft by City fans reading: “Football aside get well Fergie” as supporters spilled onto the pitch at full-time of a scoreless draw with Huddersfield.“All the Manchester City fans in the stadium, you cannot find one person who does not wish the best for an amazing person,” said City boss Guardiola.On the streets of Manchester on Monday there was huge respect from both sets of fanbases for Ferugson’s achievements.“He will always be the greatest manager in Premier League history – and I’m saying that as a City fan,” Dan Holland told AFP. “I’ve got mad respect for him.”Giggs was just one of many youngsters that Ferguson nurtured from the United academy to stardom on the international stage.“He’s taken English football to the pinnacle of world football. The amount of trophies he won not just nationally, but internationally, all the European Cups he’s won as well,” said United fan Ben Montgomery.“Also the fact he’s brought talents to England and shown that you can actually use homegrown talent right through to the first team – look at David Beckham for example.”Ferguson famously described his mission upon joining United from Aberdeen in 1986 as knocking Liverpool “off their perch”.He duly did so as United overtook Liverpool as the most successful side in English domestic football.“When I heard the news yesterday I really couldn’t believe this could happen. He is absolutely the boss,” said Liverpool manager Klopp after his side’s 1-0 defeat at Chelsea on Sunday. “I wish him the best.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

PAPER PUSHES THE BOAT OUT FOR DONEGAL

first_imgONE million readers of the Sunday Independent got a true taste of Donegal at the weekend – thanks to an article on its attractions.Reporter Sophie Linehan spent a weekend in Rathmullan taking on water sports.You can read her great report here: http://www.independent.ie/lifestyle/why-not-push-the-boat-out-3147462.html    PAPER PUSHES THE BOAT OUT FOR DONEGAL was last modified: June 26th, 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)last_img read more

70 year old conman used bogus credit cards for hotel stays in Co Donegal

first_imgA fraudster pensioner who claimed he was recruited to a gang behind a €52,000 scam because of his gambling addiction enjoyed hotel stays in Donegal using bogus credit cards.Serial criminal Patrick Manning, who committed his first theft rap in 1973, dodged jail yesterday after pleading guilty to a number of thefts. In his latest spree he was part of a gang who used cards from Barclays Bank to pay for computers, jewellery, mobiles, laptops, clothes and hotel stays in Letterkenny, Drogheda, Co Louth, and Dublin.The 70-year-old grandad has 44 previous convictions including ten for deception and five for theft.He bought designer clothes, perfumes, sportswear and obtained dollars and sterling from currency exchanges.Although gardai described him as “one of the main participants” of the fraud gang, they do not believe he is the “main brains” behind the “sophisticated operation”.But investigators believe Manning was “very close” to the gang’s ringleader and was a “trusted member” of the mob.Manning, who also has 19 motoring convictions and has received eight one year driving bans, was hit with just a suspended sentence at Dublin Circuit Court after pleading guilty to theft.The scam worked by the thieves — who obtained the names of six legitimate card holders — contacting Barclays to claim they lost their card while holidaying here.The caller then asked the firm to send an emergency card — which could be used with just a signature — to a hotel booked in the account holder’s name.Once the bank contacted the hotel, it confirmed a room had been booked in the account holder’s name.The item was then sent to the hotel and later collected by a member of the gang.Over the next two days, Manning would go on a spending spree.His purchases would only end when the bank cancelled the card after contacting the legitimate card holder over the “irregular transactions”.The Irish Sun report how Manning — who also claimed to have a heart condition — made no effort to disguise himself during the dodgy transactions because he was convinced the CCTV would be wiped by the time his fraud was exposed.Gardai noted how Manning’s “age profile and the way he dresses” made his stories believable.They added: “He claimed that he was given the credit card and sometimes he would pick it up at a hotel.”He was finally caught after Barclays told gardai a request had been made for an emergency card at the Westcourt Hotel in Drogheda.Gardai in Pearse Street in Dublin launched a sting op.When the grandad arrived to collect the item, he was arrested by gardai.During a search of his car, officers also recovered a fake UK driving licence and passport images.His splurge started on October 16, 2016, and ended on October 18 with the thief spending €13,585 at the Vodafone Store, Currency Exchange, Debenhams and The Temple Bar.Five days later the ageing crook was up to his old tricks again when he ­converted €10,761 from the stolen cards. And on October 28, he splashed €13,936 on computers, phones and clothes.70 year old conman used bogus credit cards for hotel stays in Co Donegal was last modified: January 20th, 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:boguscredit cardsdonegalfraudsterletterkennyPatrick Manninglast_img read more

CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S GAA DIARY: WHY FINALS ARE RARELY EASILY WON

first_img“The day of destiny for Donegal arrives tomorrow; the greatest day in our GAA history with both minor and senior teams contesting All-Ireland Finals. “It still takes a bit of getting used to, it is a phenomenal achievement for the county; but achievements are one thing – at the business end of the season, silverware is what it’s all about.“Such was the dominant, swashbuckling display Jim’s troops delivered against Dublin in the semi final, that it seems a mere formality of beating a team with lesser capabilities. Finals, however, are rarely easily won; even after Donegal’s incredible start to the 2012 final they still had to fight hard in the second half for their ultimate reward. “Indeed that game may play a role this Sunday; while Jim and the players generally don’t look back at the past too much, McGuinness is on record as saying that he felt his players deviated from the plan against Mayo two years ago – he will not want a repeat this time around. The Dublin match was a lesson in patience and in knowing that what has been laid out for them pre-match by the management team will lead them to victory if executed correctly.“Kerry are a lesser team than Dublin but one key difference is that they have a much more competent and tactically aware manager. Eamon Fitzmaurice is a shrewd operator and him and his team deserve respect. Donegal’s big advantage on Sunday is that they know their game plan and will not change; therefore the onus is on Kerry to rise to the challenge and come up with something that could unlock the door. The problem is that many teams have tried but most have failed.“Two things need to happen for Kerry to win – firstly Donegal have to underperform and secondly Kerry have to dig their trenches and get down and dirty. They have to try to repeat what Armagh almost did in August and what Monaghan did last year, beat Donegal at their own game.Michael Murphy and Rory Kavanagh will have a big say in Sunday’s game.“Easier said than done of course – Kerry don’t play as sophisticated a defensive system as Donegal. While they have become better under Fitzmaurice at bringing bodies back and moving from defence to attack quickly, they are not in Donegal’s league at this aspect of play. Four weeks of work leading up to the final doesn’t match up to four years of system and skills repetition under McGuinness. “I attended a wedding in Kerry last week and as usual with the Kingdom, they’re not short on confidence. While most supporters are surprised to see their team in the final, it doesn’t mean they expect anything other than a win. History and tradition counts for a lot down south but it doesn’t matter a thing to Jim and his men. They’ve torn up the script over the past few years, they’ve abolished the notion that the superpowers are untouchable and they’ve taken their place at the top table as if it is their right.“Ryan McHugh’s stunning display last time out will mean that he comes in for close attention and he may well be man-marked. If he is, he could act as a decoy because with so much attention on him it will leave room for the likes of Leo McLoone, Odhran MacNiallais and Christy Toye. Toye will likely get the nod to start and while Patrick McBrearty may well be named on the first fifteen his impact role sub might be utilised again as it was to such devastating effect in the Ulster Final and in the last four encounter with the Dubs.“Paul Durcan will again be a key figure with Kerry loading midfield to try and disrupt his service to Neil Gallagher and on occasion Michael Murphy. The way Kerry use their centre forward, Johnny Buckley, though may cause problems for themselves. Buckley generally drops to midfield and plays as part of a three across the middle with Anthony Maher and David Moran. If he does this on Sunday, he will leave a Donegal man spare to attack from deep – music to the ears of Frank McGlynn or Anthony Thompson. Karl Lacey meanwhile will possibly be assigned marking duties on Declan O’Sullivan should the veteran take to the field.“At the Donegal Daily preview night during the week, Mickey Harte commented on how Dublin thought they had cracked the code with their long range shooting but once this thought manifested itself in their minds the game went away from them. The question is can the code be cracked at all?“Regardless of what Kerry do, or any other team for that matter, if Donegal perform to their maximum or anywhere near it, they win. That leads to its own pressures but McGuinness is a master at having his players in the right frame of mind and for that reason Donegal are favourites on Sunday and rightly so. “It is going to be a hugely emotional and special day for everyone privileged to be there and for the thousands more watching or listening at home or abroad. All we can ask of our boys is to give it their all and we’ll be proud of them. They owe us nothing – but we’ll take a second All Ireland in three years all the same!“Best of luck to both squads – we’re all with you, we’re all behind you. Ádh mór lads.CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S GAA DIARY: WHY FINALS ARE RARELY EASILY WON was last modified: September 21st, 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:Cathal MacSuibhnedonegalGAA diarylast_img read more

DONEGAL’S MOST IMPORTANT OAK WOOD GETS A MAKEOVER

first_imgTHEY are Donegal’s most important and ancient oak woods, and now the forest at Ballyarr is getting a makeover.The woodlands near Ramelton are specially protected under national and European laws.But visitors to the 30-hectare site have often been put off by the deep muddy paths around the forest. Now however the National Parks and Wildlife Service are laying new paths and carrying out new conservation work there.The move has been welcomed by local TD Joe McHugh who had lobbied for the upgrade.“Ballyarr Wood is not just important from a conservation point of view in Donegal but is recognised nationally as one of the country’s finest oak woods,” said Deputy McHugh.“I know it means a great deal to people in the area who use it often and I’m delighted this work is now underway to make it more accessible.”  DONEGAL’S MOST IMPORTANT OAK WOOD GETS A MAKEOVER was last modified: September 17th, 2013 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)last_img read more

Steph Curry’s surprising role in the naming of dogs

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing these photos on a mobile deviceSteph Curry isn’t just a superstar. He’s also probably pretty good at chasing a ball, rolling over and snuggling on the couch.We’re talking about Steph Curry, the dog, that is, not Steph Curry the famous Golden State Warriors’ point guard.San Francisco Bay Area pet owners are increasingly naming their dogs after the MVP shooter. Rover.com, an online network of pet sitters and dog walkers, says the name is up by 50 …last_img read more