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$61M help for Guyana’s subscription to international extractive ‘watchdog’

first_imgThe Guyana Government is partnering with United States-based Carter Centre in its preparation to become a member of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) – an international body aimed at highlighting how countries manage their oil, gas and mineral resources.From left: US Ambassador to Guyana Perry Holloway, acting Prime Minister Carl Greenidge, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and Carter Centre Representative Jason Calder at the US Embassy following the announcement of the $61.3 million grantTo assist Guyana in its quest, the US Government has injected some US$297,000 (G$61.3 million) to help prepare Guyana for its membership to the extractive industries transparency body. This fund will be used by the Carter Centre during the 12-month project to assist Guyana, through the Natural Resources Ministry, with a series of programmes that will help the country to develop an acceptable candidacy for submission to the international extractive industries ‘watchdog’.The grant was announced by US Ambassador to Guyana Perry Holloway on Friday at the Embassy’s Duke Street, Kingston, location: “The scope of the grant is expected to assist the Government of Guyana to develop the candidacy documents required by the EITI Secretariat. I am confident this programme will strengthen the work of the Government of Guyana in promoting transparency in the country’s extractive industries at a time when Guyana prepares to welcome future growth in the petroleum industry.”Meanwhile, Carter Centre Country Representative, Jason Calder, outlined that the project is aimed at building capacity, reviewing laws and regulations, as well as working with the Multi-Stakeholder Group.“We are pleased to be working with Minister Trotman and his team to support EITI,” Calder noted, while mentioning that “the potential transformative impact that oil revenue could have if it supports a sound national development strategy. Central to such strategy are the systems for inclusive governance, transparency and accountability. This has not been the reality in many countries stricken with the resource curse – something we are certain Guyanese want to avoid.”On the other hand, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman posited that joining EITI is a show of good governance and will ensure transparency and accountability in the country’s extractive sector. Adherence to and implementation of EITI is important for Guyana’s economic and social development:“Guyana’s economy is heavily based on extractive industries and the country is soon to become an oil producing nation. These resources belong to the people and are none renewable and therefore we will need to ensure that they are managed judiciously.”Trotman continued that joining EITI will also see Guyana benefiting in various areas, particularly in improving the country’s investment climate – a signal to international investors that the government has a clear commitment to transparency and good governance, and strengthened accountability vis–à–vis the Guyanese people.Additionally, acting Prime Minister Carl Greenidge assured that government would pay close attention to the benchmarks set and which the Carter Centre will be monitoring during the course of the project.In subscribing to EITI, Guyana will have to form a tri-partite Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) drawing from government, civil society and the extractive industries to guide and oversee the EITI process.Moreover, the MSG will have to provide an annual report in which various types of extractive sector revenues paid by companies to the government are reconciled with those that government reports receiving.The extractive industries watchdog will also examine revenue allocations, intergovernmental transfers, company social expenditures, the process for allocating licences and contracts, identifying the beneficial owners of companies in the extractives sector, and documenting the impact of the extractive industries on the economy.last_img read more

Husband, accomplice slapped with murder charge

first_imgBabita Sarjou’s deaththirty-nine-year-old Sharadananda Narine, called “Anand”, and his alleged accomplice 45-year-old DorelDorel ProntonSharadananda NarinePronton, called “Yankee”, who were slapped with a murder charge on Wednesday appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.The two men were not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that between November 4, 2010 and May 22, 2016, they murdered Narine’s estranged wife, 28-year-old Babita Sarjou, a mother of one, of Timehri Public Road, East Bank Demerara.Narine and Pronton were remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate McLennan until June 21, pending the post-mortem report and the DNA results.Meanwhile, speaking with the media following the duo’s court appearance, Director of Caribbean American Domestic Violence Awareness (CADVA), Dianne Madray said that she was happy the men were now facing the consequences of their crime, while adding that justice has been served.Champa Seonarine, mother of the now dead woman, was elated that the men were charged.The skeletal remains of Sarjou were discovered at Narine’s Seaforth Street, Campbellville, Georgetown, yard on May 22 – six years after she went missing.Her estranged husband and his accomplice, who were arrested on Saturday, allegedly confessed to the woman’s murder and later led investigators to the spot where they buried her body back in 2010.In early April, Seonarine, along with officials from CADVA had again petitioned for the case to be reopened. Seonarine said all she needed was some closure.The dead woman’s mother at the beginning of the investigations had voiced her belief that her daughter’s estranged husband had something to do with her disappearance.It was also reported that there were several instances of domestic violence and reports made to both the Kitty and Timehri Police Stations by Sarjou against her husband.In 2010, during the initial investigations, the Police held her husband for questioning for 72 hours and then released him.last_img read more

Budget Cut Still Hampers Reopening of MVTC

first_imgThe Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Dr. Nancy Freeman, and the Assistant Minister for Technical Vocational Education Training, Boakai Jaleba, have said the continuous setbacks to the resumption of classes at the country’s largest vocational school, the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC), is due to the lack of adequate budgetary support.Dr. Freeman said the US$70 million cut in the 2015/2016 budget resulted in the allotment of only US$97,000 to the MVTC. That amount, she said, cannot operate the school.Since November 2015, MVTC, with over 800 youths from across the country, has been shut down owing to three reasons, including the renovation of the school, the capacity building of some instructors in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and the lack of funding.The two ministers made the announcement to the administration, faculty and support staff at the MVTC campus yesterday during an acquaintance meeting. Dr. Freeman said despite the inadequate support to the MVTC, the ministry is trying to reopen and run the school for four months, to allow hundreds of students to receive life skills training.Although she did not announce when the MVTC will reopen, unconfirmed reports say the school will open either at the end of June or early July.“We are trying to reopen the MVTC so I would urge teachers to come on time and teach with passion,” admonished Dr. Freeman.For his part, Assistant Minister Jaleba announced that the government is considering privatizing MVTC, but that the European Union, UNESCO and the African Development Bank have expressed interest in supporting technical and vocational training across the country.Min. Jaleba said hopefully the funding will be ready between September and October 2016.Meanwhile, contractors assigned at the MVTC reminded the Ministry of their three months arrears. In response, the Ministry said it would shortly pay the workers a month’s wages.Also, the faculty staff appealed to the Ministry to employ the rest of them, since only nine of the over 60 staffers are on government payroll. They also requested the recruitment of placement officers to help students get employment following their training.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Paradise Canyon sixth-grader keeps spelling title

first_imgALHAMBRA – Rheostat, discord and interrupt. Those three words Wednesday ended the dreams of some of the 22 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders who participated at the second annual Los Angeles County Spelling Bee, held at the Almansor Court Banquet and Conference Center in Alhambra. Zhi Low, 12, a sixth-grade student at Paradise Canyon School in the La Ca ada Unified School District, was the repeat champion this year, after 18 rounds. The last four rounds were against Hanz Legaspi, a fifth-grader representing the Hawthorne School District. Low claimed the title of “spellmaster” by correctly spelling “verbatim” and “repudiate.” “I’m happy it is over,” Lim said. Her mother, Vicki Lim, said she was nervous during the whole time her daughter was on stage. “I really wanted her to have this experience,” Vicki Lim said. “This was her first time ever in a spelling bee.” Some competitors cried after they were eliminated and many said they were disappointed. Almost all said they were relieved to not have to study another spelling list. “No more lists,” said Alex Chiem, sixth-grader at Durfee School in the El Monte City School District. His “coach” and friend Steve Thomas, though was still miffed that Chiem misspelled “squabble.” Many participants, like Eduardo Gonzalez, a fifth-grader at Allen Avenue Elementary in San Dimas, clutched a spelling list from the Scripps National Spelling Bee, the yearly national spelling competition. Gonzalez misspelled “interrupt” during the fourth round, a mistake made because “my mind just went blank,” he said. He will not compete in next year’s Bee because his school ends at the fifth grade and while that saddens him, he remains confident in his skills. “I studied harder words” compared to the competition’s list Gonzalez said. caroline.an@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108 Low won last year’s Bee by correctly spelling “courier.” “I feel really good and that my work paid off,” Low said as he clutched his first-place trophy. He also received a $750 U.S. Savings Bond, and he and Legaspi will compete at the state spelling bee in May. The bee was presented by the Los Angeles County Office of Education, participating school districts and various sponsors. The eight San Gabriel Valley participants – representing Bonita, Baldwin Park, El Monte City, Garvey, Glendora, Mountain View and West Covina districts – had a strong showing this year. Alyssa Lim, fifth-grader at Hillcrest Elementary in the Garvey School District, went the furthest in the competition and was eliminated in the 14th round after misspelling “rheostat.” last_img read more

QPR midfielder Ben Gladwin to stay at Swindon until summer

first_img1 QPR midfielder Ben Gladwin Queens Park Rangers have agreed to let summer signing Ben Gladwin remain on loan at former club Swindon until the end of the season.Rangers signed the midfielder from the Robins following their relegation from the Premier League but loaned him back to his former club in October, initially for a month, but that deal will now run on.Gladwin joined QPR with Swindon team-mate Massimo Luongo in what looked like being part of the club’s rebuilding process with a focus on developing players.But confusion reigns at Rangers again with the focus shifting from Championship consolidation to promotion chasing and there is no room for Gladwin in a Rangers squad with the likes of Sandro, Leroy Fer and Junior Hoilett still left over from their big-spending days.“We’re well pleased,” Swindon chairman Lee Power said about Gladwin’s deal. “He’s come back and everyone can see the quality he brings and every game he is getting stronger and stronger.”last_img read more

CONFIRMED! Dani Alves snubs reunion with Pep Guardiola and signs for PSG

first_img Dani Alves Dani Alves has completed a move to Paris Saint-Germain – delivering a huge transfer blow to Manchester City.The 34-year-old had been expected to join Pep Guardiola’s side after Juventus agreed to his request for an early release from his contract.City boss Guardiola is desperate to land a new right-back and is understood to have earmarked Alves, who played under him at Barcelona, as a priority signing.But it emerged this week that PSG made a late bid to secure the Brazilian’s signature by offering him a huge £230,000-a-week deal.And Alves has opted to join the French side ahead of City, with his signing announced on Wednesday afternoon.Attack-minded right-back Alves, who won the Champions League three times with Barca and LaLiga on six occasions, has agreed a deal running until June 2019 with last season’s Ligue 1 runners-up.“I am extremely happy to sign for PSG,” he said. “In recent years I’ve witnessed the tremendous growth of this club, which has became a strong force in European football.“It is very exciting to become part of this great project. At every club where I’ve been, I’ve always given my best to help the team go as far as possible. Believe me, I’ve come to Paris to win things.“I recognise the ambitions of my new club and the expectations of our many supporters around the world. I’m sure we’re going to share some great moments.”Having missed out on Alves, City will step up their bid to bring in a new right-back. Tottenham’s Kyle Walker has also been linked with a switch to the Etihad. 1last_img read more

DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARD IS A SELL-OUT

first_imgThe Donegal Sports Star Committee has confirmed this afternoon that tomorrow night’s annual awards ceremony in the Mount Errigal Hotel is now sold out with over 550 guests attending.The Donegal Sports Star Awards Committee who are preparing for their 37th annual presentation function in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Friday, January 25th. Included at front are May Logue (Assistant Secretary); Patrick McLaughlin (Treasurer); Neil Martin (Chairperson) and Grace Boyle (Secretary). Back from left – Myles Sweeney, Gerry Davenport, Paul Callaghan, Bartley McGlynn, Niall Blaney, Seamus Curran and Paul McDaidChairperson Neil Martin said that there are now no tickets left for the 37th staging of the event which has once again demonstrated its popularity with Donegal’s sporting public.“It’s a full house for tomorrow night. We have over 550 booked in. That includes the nominees, their families, friends, supporters along with all the invited guests. There are no tickets left. “We’re delighted with the response once again from all sports in the county who continue to support our awards function in huge numbers every year” Mr Martin said.2012 was a fantastic year for the county in terms of successes in a cross section of sports and the achievements of 150 nominees will be recognized this Friday night where the special guest for the Donegal County Council sponsored function is the Irish Olympic Boxing Coach, Billy Walsh. DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARD IS A SELL-OUT was last modified: January 24th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Girl Scout Troop to hold fund-raiser

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week NORWALK — A free exhibit of Cerritos College memorabilia is on display through Oct. 28 at the Norwalk Sports Center, 13000 Clarkdale Ave., in honor of the college’s 50th anniversary celebration. Throughout the years, college administrators have had prominent ties with the city of Norwalk. The exhibit is called “Building Futures,” and includes memorabilia, historical photos and collector’s items. The display is available for viewing from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on alternating Fridays. For more information, call Megan Richardson at Cerritos College at (562) 860-2451, Ext. 2401, or the city of Norwalk at (562) 929-5773. Student ad contest has anti-drug theme WHITTIER — Brownie Girl Scout Troop No. 709 will hold a coat drive through this Friday at Primanti Montessori School, 10974 S. Valley Home Ave., to benefit the Women’s and Children’s Crisis Shelter of Whittier. People are asked to bring new or used sweaters, jackets and coats to the school between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Children’s apparel is especially needed. For more information, call (562) 556-9947. Cerritos College relics on display BIRMINGHAM, Mich. — High-school students are being sought to participate in the sixth annual Courageous Persuaders student ad competition, created by the Courage First Foundation and the Birmingham, Mich.-based ad agency McCann Erickson. Participants are being asked to create a 30-second television commercial to discourage underage alcohol abuse among middle school students. The grand prize-winning commercial will be broadcast on television after the students finalize upgrades for on-air production with McCann Erickson. Top teams will also receive trophies, award certificates, and scholarship money to be split among team members. The grand prize is $3,000. First place wins $1,500, second place gets $1,000 and third place will receive $500. The deadline for submitting an entry is Feb. 28. Individual students or schools should register now to ensure that all program updates or changes are sent directly to the registered e-mail address. Register at www.CourageFirst.com. For more information, call (248) 526-6700. College to host virtual courtroom project tour NORWALK — Cerritos College’s court reporting department is hosting a virtual tour via video conference of the Courtroom 21 Project from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the college’s Wilford Michael Library’s teleconference center, 11110 Alondra Blvd. Courtroom 21 is an ongoing international demonstration model that studies how technology can be used to improve all aspects of the judicial system. It also serves as an educational setting for the public, court staff and lawyers. The project is located in Williamsburg, VA, and is home to the William & Mary Law School mock trials. For more information about Courtroom 21, visit www.courtroom21.net. For more information on the free workshop, call Mary Balmages at (562) 860-2451, Ext. 2792. If you have an event or notice deserving attention, write us! Send your notice to Tracy Garcia, education reporter, at 7612 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, CA 90602. You may call the office at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051, or send e-mail to tracy.garcia@sgvn.com.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

JUDGE: MY FEARS IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY AT CRAMPED COURT HOUSE

first_imgJudge John O’HaganA JUDGE has said he fears the facilities at a cramped court house could be potentially dangerous in the event of an emergency.Judge John O’Hagan was speaking at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday as he was about to sit at a jury trial. A jury panel of almost 100 people and around 200 other people attending a family law hearing at the District Court in the same court house had been forced to wait in a cramped waiting area between the two court rooms.A consultancy room, complained barrister Peter Nolan, meant that he had to use a dishevelled jury room to speak to his client because no other facilities were available.The courts service has already given the go-ahead to a new court house in Letterkenny which will be completed in 2017.But Judge O’Hagan said the conditions in the 19th century court house still being used were ‘intolerable’.He went on: “God forbid if there was an emergency and we had to get everybody out quickly because we couldn’t.”He said he new the caretaker of the court building was “tearing his hair out” trying to cope with the out-dated facilities.“I won’t be here in 2017 when the new court will open but something must be done about what we have in the meantime,” said Judge O’Hagan.“I intend to write to the Chief Executive of the Courts Service to complain because what everyone has to do deal with here is a disgrace.”Mr Nolan told the court that the facilities were ‘outrageous’.He said people attending the family law hearing were forced to stand ‘cheek to cheek’ in the waiting room for hours on end.He said it simply wasn’t good enough that he had to use a jury room for a consultation with a client facing very serious criminal charges.JUDGE: MY FEARS IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY AT CRAMPED COURT HOUSE was last modified: February 12th, 2015 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:court houseJUdge John O’Haganletterkennylast_img read more

PRINGLE: BUDGET BY-PASSED LOW PAID WORKERS

first_imgDeputy PringleINDEPENDENT TD Thomas Pringle has hit out at this week’s budget saying the less well-off in society were ignored.Income supports were not restored while low income workers were left unsupported, said Deputy Pringle.“Despite cuts in USC, this budget failed to consider the plight of seasonal workers and part-time farmers dependent on income supports like Jobseekers Benefit and Farm Assist including its income disregards,” said Pringle. “The Government heavily pushed the job creation angle in the Budget, and failed to address the problem of high unemployment and the dominance of low income jobs in Donegal. Seasonal work reflects the growing trend of precarious work propping up across the country.”Pringle also said that “all this talk of job being the best form of social protection, and making work pay is completely exclusionary of those on the margins of work. No policies were brought in place to help those on low incomes get better jobs and better job security which could have been addressed if the income supports were restored back to pre-2012 levels.”He added: “The Government creates the welfare traps it talks about, through its own job creation policy by pushing more people into the low income bracket. For example, while the cut in USC will mean more money for low income earners, it will push 700,000 people out of the tax bracket making Ireland a low wage economy.“If this is what the Government is aiming for then this could mean serious implications for rural counties like Donegal.”  PRINGLE: BUDGET BY-PASSED LOW PAID WORKERS was last modified: October 15th, 2015 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:budget 2016donegal tdReactionThomas Pringlelast_img read more