President Sirleaf Salutes Madagascar, Mozambique on Independence Anniversaries

first_imgPresident SirleafPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a congratulatory message to her colleague, the President of the Republic of Madagascar, Mr. Hery Rajaonarimampiania, on that country’s 57th Independence anniversary on June 26.The Republic of Madagascar proclaimed its independence from France as the Malagasy Republic 1960.According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry release, President Sirleaf said, “It brings me delight to assure you of my government’s determination to continue to strengthen the cordial relations subsisting between our two countries, in our endeavors to improve the well-being of our peoples and to lead our countries to a brighter future.”President Sirleaf has also sent a congratulatory message to her colleague, the President of the Republic of Mozambique, Mr. Armando Guebuza, on that country’s 42nd Independence Anniversary on June 25.In 1974, the revolution in Portugal restored democracy to the country and led to a change in attitude to overseas territories such as Mozambique. FRELIMO took control of Maputo, the capital, in April 1974 in a coup. Independence for Mozambique was officially declared just over a year later on June 25, 1975.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chinese Bank, BaiShanLin discuss future in Guyana

first_img…Investment Agreement with Govt was not terminated—AttorneyHigh-level meetings are being held in China with stakeholders of BaiShanLin International Forest Developers Inc (BIFDI), with a view of determining the fate of the Chinese logging company in Guyana and whether there will be any further investments locally.This information was disclosed by Attorney for the embattled logging company in Guyana—Pratesh Satram.Logs extracted by BaiShanLin awaiting exportationA BaiShanLin truck in the interiorHe told Guyana Times on Sunday that the legal team is awaiting word from China on how to move forward with any representation. The meetings, he said, include members of the China Development Bank (CDB) and the executives of the Company.The CDB’s involvement came after a US$60 million loan the logging company had secured from the bank, was placed in limbo when the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) pulled the plug on BaiShanLin’s Joint Venture Agreements here.Guyana Times was also told that while the GFC has terminated the Joint Venture Arrangements BaiShanLin shared with five local companies, in addition to revoking its State Forests Exploratory Permit (SFEP), the investment agreement that had been inked between the company and government remains in force.Should the Investment Agreement be terminated, BaiShanLin will be liable to repaying all of the fiscal concessions it had been granted over the years to the tune of billions—in addition to the $80 million the GFC claims it is owed.The GFC on Tuesday last announced that it was moving to repossess concessions held by BaiShanLin.Guyana Times has since been able to confirm too that the Forestry Commission had also in the previous week, written to five companies affiliated with BaiShanLin, terminating the Joint Ventures that the companies had effected with the Chinese logging company.Each of the companies had held Timber Sales Agreements (TSAs) which BaiShanLin used in order to extract and export logs from Guyana since its SFEP disallowed extraction from its concession.Based on documentation seen by this publication, on September 1, 2016, the GFC wrote to the five companies with whom BaiShanLin had entered into Joint Ventures, informing them that the arrangement had been terminated, since the Commission had not been informed ahead of time of a transfer of shares.Each company was told to remove any equipment it had on the more than 400,000 hectares of forest within 90 days.BaiShanLin has since secured the services of Satram and Satram Law Firm and the attorneys are now questioning the action taken against the five companies since none would have made or reneged on any commitments to the government or the Forestry Commission.Satram had told Guyana Times on Wednesday that the US$60 million loan taken by the Chinese logging company from the CDB was under threat, since the shares BaiShanLin would have acquired in the local companies had been used as security against the loan.The matter has also engaged the attention of the Chinese Embassy in Guyana, since it was approached for assistance by BaiShanLin.According to letters issued to Haimorakabra Logging Co Inc, Kwebanna Wood Products Inc, Sherwood Forests Inc, Wood Association Industries Company and Puruni Woods, they had violated provisions in the Forestry Act when they failed to inform the Commission of a transfer of shares, hence the decision to terminate the arrangement.In making the announcement of repossession, the Commission said: “The decision came after the company failed to deliver on agreed actions to introduce investors to the Commission and having been given time to prove that it had an acceptable plan to clear an approximately GY$80 million debt.“In keeping with Forest Governance Practices, the GFC will be formally repossessing the concessions owned by the company and accelerating efforts to recover the debt owed,” it declared.None of this however, had been communicated to any of the five companies and according to the Attorney this publication spoke with, the GFC has not been formally responded to, but the matter would be vigorously defended in court.BIFDI was incorporated in September 2006 under the Guyana Companies Act 1991 with the main objective of timber harvesting and establishing downstream wood processing operations in Linden.To date however, BIFDI has failed to fulfil many of its commitments to the Government of Guyana, reneging on the obligations it made, which were accepted in good faith, according to GFC.last_img read more

Govt records $31.7B deficit for 2016

first_imgEnd-of-year reportThe Guyana Government recorded a fiscal deficit of $31.7 billion for the year 2016, approximately 4.4 per cent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This is according to the Finance Ministry’s End-of-Year outcome report, which was released on April 13.The report noted that the deficit was smaller than the expected $38.4 billion, or 5.4 per cent of GDP, which had been projected during the presentation of the 2017 Budget. The report put this difference down to lower expenditures.Finance MinisterWinston Jordan“The smaller-than-projected deficit was due to lower expenditures, particularly current expenditures, coupled with higher-than-projected revenues and grants.”The report added that tax and non-tax revenue collections in 2016 were $177.3 billion. According to the report, this amounts to $2.5 billion, or 1.4 per cent, more than the 2017 Budget projects.“Tax revenues rose to $151.7 billion in 2016. Total non-tax revenue increased to $25.5 billion, in line with projections at the time of the presentation of the 2017 Budget.”The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) was shown to have remitted $42.3 billion in 2016, which the report admitted was $274 million below projections of the 2017 Budget.Already, the Government has introduced a number of new tax measures which it says would widen its tax base. Some of these measures, such as the imposition of Value Added Tax (VAT) on private tuition and on basic utility services over a stipulated threshold, have prompted street protests.ExpenditureMeanwhile, total Central Government expenditure was shown to amount to $216.8 billion for 2016, $4.2 billion lower than projected at the time of the presentation of the 2017 Budget. There were a number of reasons for this.“Total non-interest recurrent expenditure amounted to $163.4 billion in 2016, marginally less than the $166.7 billion projected at the time of the presentation of the 2017 Budget, due to lower-than-projected spending for Other Goods and Services and Transfer Payments,” the report stated.“Other Goods and Services totalled $46.8 billion for 2016, slightly less than the $48.8 billion projected. Transfer Payments totalled $67.3 billion in 2016, marginally less than the anticipated $68.8 billion.”Constitutional agenciesThe report revealed $686.8 million as the unspent sums from constitutional agencies. One of the reasons the report attributed this to was several projects not being executed owing to “setbacks” in the tender process.This comes after constitutional agencies received more than $7 billion in lump sums for the year 2016. At the time, the National Assembly had approved the allocations following contentions over the estimates, resulting in a number of proposals for funds being cut.Employment costs, according to the Finance Ministry’s report, totalled $49.4 billion in 2016, exceeding the $49 billion that had been anticipated.“Central Government capital expenditure amounted to $46.6 billion, slightly below the projected year-end position of $47.6 billion, due largely to continued slow implementation of our loan portfolio, which declined by 12 per cent.”The data submitted in the End-of-Year outcome report represents an update on the data which had been read by Finance Minister Winston Jordan in the 2017 Budget presentation last year. When that budget was read, the data Jordan had quoted at the time only reflected projections since the budget was an early one.last_img read more

New playground seeks to be more inclusive

first_imgThe rest of the playground will include handle bars and regular playground equipment for the other children.The PAC is trying to raise $160,000 for the entire cost of the playground’s construction. Olmstead says because of the high cost of the playground, the Committee is going to have it built over three phases. The first phase – which is also the most expensive – will include all the wheelchair accessible portions of the playground.She says she hopes the playground will be finished within the next two years.Anyone wishing to donate money can contact either Baldonnel Elementary School at 250-789-3396 or Brandie Olmstead at 250-262-2799.Advertisement A new wheelchair accessible playground is in the works for Baldonnel Elementary School.Students with mobility problems have difficulty accessing the school’s current playground, says Brandie Olmstead, president of the Parent Advisory Committee for the school.- Advertisement -Olmstead says there is a huge need for this type of playground not only for use by students at the school but by people in the community as well.[asset|aid=3307|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=a4cd29003f4c8cf76706eb1198f3e2d4-Olmstead 1_1_Pub.mp3] The new playground will be located closer to the road so that it is more easily accessible and will have a ramp.Some of the features that will make it wheelchair accessible include rubber matting across the full length of the playground, ramps and a Sway Fun. The Sway Fun looks similar to a boat. It can hold two wheelchairs, but also has benches for other children and caregivers on which to sit. Olmstead says she’s excited about this particular piece of equipment since it will allow all the children to interact and play together.Advertisementlast_img read more

WIN AN XMAS ARTISAN FOOD AND WINE HAMPER WITH THE COUNTER DELI

first_imgThe McKenna Guide “Award Winning” Counter Deli in Letterkenny are celebrating their 2014 Christmas Hampers & Wine Gifts by giving away a hamper a week until Christmas to lucky Donegal Daily readers! For a chance to win this week’s hamper, just follow the link at the bottom of this article to The Counter’s Facebook page, and like and share their competition post! Simple!The winner will be announced next Friday! The Counter have painstakingly sourced the best of local produce as well as further afield to create the most sought after hampers this Christmas.Boxed in beautiful contemporary natural recyclable branded packaging, they have become something of a cult gift.Central to their hampers are the themes of both supporting local and the ultimate in high quality produce.Thankfully there are more and more local artisan food producers, ensuring that the Donegal hampers are the best they’ve ever been. If you have a more personalised gift in mind, that’s no problem.Take your time to browse the selection of wine, local produce and artisan products and make your own.If you just can’t decide, let them know what you want to spend and they’ll do the hard work!https://wwwfacebook.com/thecounterdeliirelandLast week’s winner was: Conor Crossan WIN AN XMAS ARTISAN FOOD AND WINE HAMPER WITH THE COUNTER DELI was last modified: December 12th, 2014 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:BusinessFeaturesnewsThe Counter Delilast_img read more

Rangers to sign Gareth McAuley ‘in the coming days’, says Steven Gerrard

first_img McAuley has 79 caps for Northern Ireland 2 2 He will become Steven Gerrard’s 15th signing and will compete with Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic for a start.The Gers boss was speaking after their 1-0 defeat to Celtic at Parkhead – Gerrard’s first defeat since he took charge in the summer.Olivier Ntcham’s goal from a swift Celtic counter-attack separated the two sides but Gerrard was adamant that there was a foul on Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack in the build-up.Gerrard said: “It’s defintely a foul. I’ve been around the game a very, very long time and that’s a foul in my book. It’s actually a foul in the fourth official’s book as well because he’s shouting down the mic, ‘Foul, foul, foul’. Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos “The referee’s ignored the information – we can both see clearly it’s a foul. And they go and score a goal.”“I just went in and had a calm chat [with the referee] and wondered why he never listened to the man on the side – the fourth official – and how he hasn’t seen a clear swipe from (Tom) Rogic on Ryan Jack.“Ryan Jack gets his body in between the ball and the man and he gets swiped, it’s a clear foul. It’s blatant….for me it’s 100 per cent foul.”center_img Steven Gerrard has confirmed Rangers are expecting to sign Northern Ireland defender Gareth McAuley “in the coming days”.McAuley, 38, who left West Brom after they were relegated from the Premier League in May, is expected to sign on a deal until the end of the season. Latest Scottish Premiership News scrap Gerrard felt aggrieved at the awarding of Celtic’s goal last_img read more

CLLR CAMPBELL BACKS FG/LABOUR PROPOSALS – VOTE COULD CHANGE

first_imgINDEPENDENT councillor John Campbell has decided to back the Fine Gael/Labour/independent budget.There are 14 for the budget – and 14 against.FF Cllr Rena Donaghey is not in the chamber. Her absence could change this all.  CLLR CAMPBELL BACKS FG/LABOUR PROPOSALS – VOTE COULD CHANGE was last modified: January 13th, 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)last_img read more

AGONY FOR NAOMH MUIRE AS LATE FREE DENIES THEM FIRST EVER SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP WIN

first_imgDONEGAL SFC: A late, late free from Daire McDaid denied Naomh Muire a first ever senior championship win in a pulsating encounter in The Banks this evening..Naomh Muire flew out of the traps and played some superb football and raced into a SIX point lead.After fifteen minutes of play Gary Boyle’s side led were in total control but missed TWO glorious goal chances and unfortunately for them they would be left to rue them. Termon recovered brilliantly from Naomh Muire’s blistering start and scored SEVEN points on the trot to go in at half-time ahead.In the second-half both sides exchanged points before Termon found the net to go THREE ahead.It looked like that could’ve been the crucial score but Naomh Muire showed tremendous character and fought back to go ahead.It looked like they had earned a crucial, crucial win but there was late drama. A free awarded in injury-time gave Termon the opportunity to draw level and that’s what they done.Daire McDaid landed a great point considering the pressure they were under and levelled the game.Final score: Naomh Muire 0-15 Termon 1-12AGONY FOR NAOMH MUIRE AS LATE FREE DENIES THEM FIRST EVER SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP WIN was last modified: August 22nd, 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:newsSportlast_img read more

Letterkenny Hospital to be affected by health strike

first_imgUpdated: 5.35pmA strike this Wednesday by HSE support staff is expected to have a significant impact on Letterkenny University Hospital.Hundreds of healthcare support workers at the hospital will launch a 24 hour work stoppage from 8am. The Siptu strike will hit 38 hospitals, including LUH. The dispute has arisen from the HSE’s failure to implement pay increases arising from an agreed job evaluation scheme.The action will involve up to 10,000 SIPTU members providing portering, household and catering services and employed as Health Care Assistants, Maternity Care Assistants, Laboratory Aides, Chefs and Surgical Instrument Technicians.The strike was originally planned for Thursday 20th June. It was deferred to allow for emergency talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC). Talks ended without agreement yesterday.According to the HSE, the services that will be mostly impacted by the strike are: Deferral of some elective inpatient proceduresSignificant cancellation of scope proceduresReduced outpatient servicesReduced laboratory services for GPsReduced catering services for both patients and staffReduced operating theatre activity.“Patients are being contacted by their local hospital or healthcare facility in the event that their scheduled procedure or service will be affected by the dispute,” said a HSE statement.“While every effort will be made to minimise impact on patients, industrial action involving these essential staff will have a significant impact on services.”Meanwhile, the Irish Patients’ Association is calling for clarity on what contingency plans are being put in place.A new statement was released from Saolta on Tuesday evening to say the hospital group are continuing to put contingency plans in place in advance of tomorrow’s industrial action. It said:“Across each of the hospitals, patients whose procedures or appointments are being cancelled are being contacted directly – this mostly relates to inpatient elective procedures, scopes and day case procedures. “Some Outpatient Clinics have also been cancelled – it varies from hospital to hospital but patients are being notified directly, if patients do not hear from their hospital they should attend their appointment as scheduled.“Emergency Departments will remain operational across the Group although patients can expect significant delays.“Critical care areas such as ICU and HDU will function as normal. Chemotherapy treatment and dialysis will proceed as scheduled across the Group.“There will be reduced or very limited catering services for both patients and staff in some hospitals in the Group. “We regret the inconvenience for patients and will work to reschedule their appointments as quickly as possible.”Letterkenny Hospital to be affected by health strike was last modified: June 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Letterkenny University HospitalSIPTUstrikelast_img read more

Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins reflects on his journey in Showtime film

first_img“I had haters before. I just got more now. Do I care? No.”That’s DeMarcus Cousins reflecting on the backlash that greeted his stunning decision last summer to sign a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors — a move that stunned the NBA and its rabid followers.It’s just one of many spicy moments in “The Resurgence: DeMarcus Cousins,” a new Showtime documentary that chronicles the big man’s grueling comeback from a ruptured Achilles tendon and his path through free agency.The film …last_img read more