Monies to remain in private account – Harmon

first_imgUS$18M bonusBy Samuel SukhnandanDespite numerous calls for Government to transfer the controversial US$18 million signing bonus received from ExxonMobil and placed in a private bank account, to the Consolidated Fund, the Government remains firm on its position to keep the monies in that account for a bit longer.Minister of State Joseph Harmon told Guyana Times on Wednesday that Cabinet has not deliberated on whether to have the monies transferred yet, reiterating that there was a purpose for which these monies were not placed into the Consolidated Fund and that has to do with the border dispute with Venezuela.“So we have to await a ruling from the United Nations (UN) Secretary General (António Guterres) on what he is going to decide. And according to our Minister of Foreign Affairs (Carl Greenidge) that will take place sometime during the month of January. That’s all I can say right now,” Harmon explained.After admitting that Government had received a signing bonus from ExxonMobil and its partners more than a year ago and never disclosed this to the public, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman said the bonus was intended to be used for legal fees pertaining to the preservation of Guyana’s territorial integrity, should its case with Venezuela reach the International Court of Justice (ICJ).But when the oil contract was released to the general public, ExxonMobil clarified that the US$18 million bonus paid to the Government was meant to secure a 10-year extension of the renegotiated contract. ExxonMobil Country Manager Rod Henson made this disclosure when addressing the media at a press conference on the same day that the contract was released.Harmon noted that until a decision is made by the UN, only then will Cabinet be able to sit and deliberate how the monies will be utilised or whether it should indeed be placed in the Consolidated fund.Previously, Minister Greenidge had told the National Assembly that Cabinet agreed to collect the bonus in June 2016, stating that the full Cabinet then approved the terms negotiated and the arrangements to receive the funds. He, however, said only those directly involved knew how the monies would be spent.Greenidge further revealed that not all of the money would go towards paying an “enlarged” legal team to represent Guyana’s interest once the border controversy is referred to the ICJ by the United Nations Secretary General at the end of 2017. The Foreign Affairs Minister said US$15 million would go towards legal fees and the other US$3 million would go towards urgent training for Guyanese in petroleum.In defending the Government, Minister Greenidge also said that releasing details about the bonus posed a risk to Guyana’s strategy to defend its territorial integrity when the matter is taken before the ICJ.However, it was repeatedly noted that Government’s move to have the monies placed in a private account is considered to be in violation of the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act (FMA).The bonus first came to light in a leaked correspondence dated September 20, 2016, and addressed to the Governor of the Bank of Guyana with this subject: “Signing bonus granted by ExxonMobil – Request to open bank account”.It shows that Finance Secretary at the Finance Ministry, Hector Butts, had requested that a foreign currency account be opened at the Bank of Guyana in order to receive a deposit in the form of a ‘signing bonus’ to be given by ExxonMobil.The letter stated, “This account should not be treated as part of the Bank’s reserves. Instead, the proceeds should be held in the currency of the deposit, that is United States dollars, and invested in secured interest-bearing securities.”last_img read more

Fort St. John receives higher business ranking

first_imgThe City of Fort St. John has moved up in the Canadian rankings of Communities in Boom.The yearly ranking done by the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses has given the city a ranking of 21st out of 100 cities across the country. The city has moved up from last year’s ranking of 28th.- Advertisement -The ranking is based on 12 factors such as the number of small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) that start up in a city, the percentage of the population that is self-employed, if an enterprise believes its business performance will increase, and if the local government is receptive to small businesses.Although the city has moved up seven spots, its overall score based on the various criteria has increased by less than 2 per cent – from 52.7 to 54.6.It had an overall rating of 59 per cent for the presence of SMEs and 60 per cent for the City’s policies towards these businesses. However, it only had a 25 per cent rating in the perspective category outlining a business’s growth prospects.The highest ranking city in this year’s report was Grande Prairie, Alberta. However, it had a 73.1 per cent overall score, meaning that there is still significant growth possible even for the highest ranking city.Advertisementlast_img read more

SURPRISE? Top 10 most popular shirt names in the PL REVEALED

first_imgDoes spending huge amounts of money on a player equate to him being popular?Here, Sports Direct reveal which player’s name is the most requested in the current 2014/15 Premier League.Most are attackers, with Man United’s Luke Shaw being the most popular defender, though the £30m full-back is down at number 38.Click the arrow on the right to see the most popular player name. Who do you think deserves to be crowned the Premier League’s Player of the Year? 3) Diego Costa: 2.27 per cent of all PL shirt sales this season – Click the arrow to see the Premier League’s most popular shirt name of the 2014/15 season – Diego Costa is loathed by most fans but clearly loved by the many Chelsea supporters after joining for £32m in the summer. 10 9) Sergio Aguero: 1.46 per cent of all PL shirt sales this season – Click the arrow to see the Premier League’s most popular shirt name of the 2014/15 season – Man City striker Aguero may be the ninth most popular name, but there is time to climb as the Argentine said he plans to stay at the club for at least another four years or at least until they win the Champions League. 2) Alexis Sanchez: 3.8 per cent of all PL shirt sales this season – Click the arrow to see the Premier League’s most popular shirt name of the 2014/15 season – Sanchez may be second but another South American blows him out of the water here. 10 4) David De Gea: 2.16 per cent of all PL shirt sales this season – Click the arrow to see the Premier League’s most popular shirt name of the 2014/15 season – De Gea has easily been Man United’s star performer this term and this is reflected in his popularity among fans. However, his team-mate has sold more shirts – click to see who it is. 10 10) 1.2 per cent of all PL shirt sales this season* have featured Robin van Persie’s name on the back – Click the arrow to see the top nine most popular shirt names – Attacking players make up the majority on this list of the most popular Premier League players based on the number of football shirt sales with names on the back, courtesy of Sports Direct, with Van Persie propping up the top 10. Incidentally Ayoze Perez was 11th most popular player according, beating Harry Kane, Cesc Fabregas and Raheem Sterling. 6) Wayne Rooney: 2.09 per cent of all PL shirt sales this season – Click the arrow to see the Premier League’s most popular shirt name of the 2014/15 season – Rooney narrowly misses out on the top five, beaten to it by one of Chelsea’s Players of the Year… 8) Steven Gerrard: 1.76 per cent of all PL shirt sales this season – Click the arrow to see the Premier League’s most popular shirt name of the 2014/15 season – Gerrard’s name will be etched across a different shirt next year when he leaves Liverpool for LA Galaxy. 7) Radamel Falcao: 1.99 per cent of all PL shirt sales this season – Click the arrow to see the Premier League’s most popular shirt name of the 2014/15 season – Falcao has not had the best start to life in the Premier League, so those fans must have got his name on their backs in pre-season, before he turned out to be rubbish. 10 5) Eden Hazard: 2.1 per cent of all PL shirt sales this season – Click the arrow to see the Premier League’s most popular shirt name of the 2014/15 season – Hazard is another attacking player to feature but the Chelsea and Belgium man is edged out in the popularity stakes by a goalkeeper… 10 10 10 10 10 10 1) Angel Di Maria 9.59 per cent of all PL shirt sales this season – Looks like spending £59m on a player is a sure fire way to sell shirts even if said player appears to be a waste of money. Di Maria has shed loads of talent, so maybe we’ll see it on a more consistent basis next season, providing he stays in the Premier League.last_img read more

A BRIDGE TOO FAR FOR GLENTIES

first_imgDonegal County Council is to explore options to reinstate a crossing at the Mulantiboyle Bridge in Glenties which collapsed more than three years ago.Cllr Marie Therese GallagherThe costings for the bridge if more than €600,000.Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher has welcomed plans to explore EU funding options to re-instate the bridge. Cllr Gallagher said “The estimated costs to re-instate this bridge is over €600,000, this seems to be to be an astronomical amount of money for a project of this size.“I have asked the council to investigate alternative sources of funding to have this bridge re-instated, and I have received a commitment from Council that all avenues will be investigated, in the meantime I have asked that a costing be done to instate a bailey bridge, like what has been installed on the Fintown-Glenfin road.“I have been assured that this will be done, and am hopeful that this measure if accepted by Council will allow access through this route for the people of Glenties.”She added that it is unacceptable that this bridge has been down for over three years, and a solution has to be found to this situation without delay.  A BRIDGE TOO FAR FOR GLENTIES was last modified: November 27th, 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) Tags:Cllr Marie Therese GallagherGlentiesMulintaboyle Bridgelast_img read more

Pochettino admits Spurs have ‘nothing to regret’ despite Chelsea’s title win

first_imgMauricio Pochettino has admitted Tottenham Hotspur have no regrets despite finishing behind Chelsea in the race for the Premier League title.The Blues clinched their fifth Premier League – and sixth overall – title on Friday night following a 1-0 win at West Brom, with closest challengers Spurs opening the door for them by losing to West Ham last week.Pochettino’s side had to wait until Sunday to play again, when they hosted Manchester United in the final ever game at White Hart Lane.A simple 2-1 victory was recorded, which guaranteed Spurs will finish second in the league – their highest placing since 1963.That is an impressive feat in of itself, and Pochettino made it clear he has no regrets about missing out on the title.“I want to congratulate all and say thank you to the fans, players, my staff because all together we work so hard to achieve all that we achieve this season,” he said.“Really disappointed because Chelsea in the end they won the Premier League. There was nothing to regret, I am very happy with the performance of the players.“Only now say to our fans we will try next season to give our best and fight again to win the league.”Tottenham will have to get over their Wembley jitters to do that – considering they are playing the entire campaign at the home of English football next season – but the future certainly looks bright as their new stadium takes shape.“We were talking a lot and I think we believe when the new stadium opens the doors it will help the club achieve the last level,” Pochettino added.“That is our expectation, our idea. The facilities on the training ground and the stadium will put the team and the club at the last level.” 1 Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping to end Tottenham’s title drought next season last_img read more

LADIES GAA: DONEGAL THRASHED BY STRONG MONAGHAN SIDE

first_imgDONEGAL were well beaten by a much stronger Monaghan side in this Ulster derby at Convoy – losing by 23 points.Ciara McAnespie and Catriona McConnell scored two goals each, while Caoimhe Mohan also found the back of the Donegal net as Monaghan ran out 5-16 to 1-05 winners.McConnell (2-03) and McAnespie (2-02) rang rings around the Donegal defence. Karen Guthrie converted a penalty for Donegal just before the break but by then Monaghan led by 2-09 to 0-03, with McAnespie and McConnell on target with first-half goals.Monaghan are now almost certain to achieve a top-four finish, along with Dublin, Laois and Cork.However Donegal are now in a relegation battle with Tyrone and Meath.© 2012 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily LADIES GAA: DONEGAL THRASHED BY STRONG MONAGHAN SIDE was last modified: March 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LADIES GAA: DONEGAL THRASHED BY STRONG MONAGHAN SIDElast_img read more

WHEN CONAL MET RYAN…….

first_imgDonegal comedian Conal Gallen fulfilled a dream for Ryan Tubridy last Friday night when he appeared on the Late Late Show!The Ballybofey man and self-confirmed old school comic brought a bit of fun to the RTE studios.And just for another bit of fun, Conal also posted some pictures of himself behind the scenes! WHEN CONAL MET RYAN……. was last modified: March 20th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CONAL GALLENLate Late ShowRyan Tubridylast_img read more

MARIE FLEMING LOSES CASE FOR ASSISTED SUICIDE

first_imgTerminally ill multiple sclerosis sufferer Marie Fleming has lost her landmark court challenge to the blanket ban on assisted suicide.The Lifford woman was told that right to life under the Constitution “does not import a right to die” in this “very tragic case”, the Supreme Court ruled.Ms Fleming was not well enough to attend today’s brief court hearing. Her partner, Tom Curran, and other family members were in court. While suicide is no longer a crime here, that does not mean there is a constitutional right to suicide, the Chief Justice, Ms Justice Susan Denham, said. There is “no explicit right to commit suicide, or to determine the time of one’s own death”, in the Constitution.There was, accordingly, no constitutional right which the State, including the courts, must protect and vindicate, either to commit suicide or to arrange for the termination of one’s own life at a time of one’s choosing.The principle of equal treatment also does not confer on Ms Fleming, as a disabled person, the right to be assisted in taking her own life, the court ruled.The Chief Justice stressed nothing in the court’s judgment “should be taken as necessarily implying it would not be open to the State, in the event the Oireachtas were satisfied that measures with appropriate safeguards could be introduced, to deal with a case such as that of Ms Fleming’s”. Dismissing other claims the absolute ban on assisted suicide breaches Ms Fleming’s rights under the European Convention on Human Rights, she said the European court has ruled it was primarily for states to assess the risk of abuse if the general ban on assisted suicide was relaxed or if exceptions were to be created.The complex issue of assisted suicide has been assessed here, and the legislature had legislated by enacting the absolute ban, she said. The court would, consequently, dismiss the claim the ban was incompatible.She was giving the seven-judge court’s ruling today dismissing the appeal by 59-year-old Ms Fleming, who is in the final stages of multiple sclerosis, to the High Court’s refusal to grant orders that would allow her be lawfully helped to end her life at a time of her choice. MARIE FLEMING LOSES CASE FOR ASSISTED SUICIDE was last modified: April 29th, 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) Tags:LiffordMARIE FLEMINGright to dielast_img read more

L.B. State takes 5th at `Give Em Five’

first_imgThe Long Beach State women’s golf team finished fifth out of 21 teams at Price’s “Give Em Five’ Intercollegiate in Las Cruces, N.M., on Tuesday. The 49ers, ranked No. 27 in the nation, finished with a three-round total of 899 (35-over par), which was just eight shots behind tournament champ Missouri (891). New Mexico State and New Mexico both tied for second place (893). LBSU was paced by sophomore Kay Hoey, who finished fourth with a 1-over-par 217. LBSU also had contributions from senior Hayley Wilkinson (tied for 13th at 223) and Josefine Lindbergh (tied for 40th at 230). New Mexico’s Mikaela Backstedt needed a playoff to claim the individual title. She beat San Francisco’s Jessica Potter in the one-hole playoff after both finished regulation tied at 3-under 213. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week MEN’S SOCCER Cerritos 2, El Camino 1 Freshman Marco Pulido and sophomore Eduardo Padilla scored second-half goals to lead the Falcons (9-4-3, 3-2-1) over the Warriors in a South Coast Conference match. After a tight defensive-minded first half, the Falcons finally broke the scoreless tie, as Lazaro Zuniga passed the ball off on the fly to Pulido, who scored into the empty corner of the net. Cerritos appeared to put the game away in the 84th minute when Padilla took a pass from Derek Woody and dribbled into the box before sending in a shot. Warriors goalkeeper Mike Francisco made the first save, but his rebound went back to Padilla, who scored to give the Falcons a 2-0 lead. However, El Camino’s Napoleon Dominguez cut the lead in half when he scored two minutes later. center_img WOMEN’S SOCCER Cerritos 1, El Camino 1 Freshman forward Megan Koza scored an unassisted goal in the 70th minute to pull the short-handed Falcons (13-2-2, 3-1-1) into a tie with the Warriors in a South Coast Conference game. A trio of Falcons goalkeeper Elizabeth Sanchez and defenders Nancy Gutierrez and Jessica Romero missed the game to play with the Mexican junior national team and will also be unavailable for Friday’s game at East L.A. The Warriors took a 1-0 lead in the 41st minute on a goal by Alexis O’Neil. 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

Police register first victory of the season as URA are held by Maroons

first_imgBalinya (left) fights for the ball on Wednesday (photo by Police FC media)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueWednesday, 24-10-2018-Ndejje University 1-2 Police FC-Maroons 1-1 URA FCAfter losing their first three games of the season, Police FC registered their maiden points and victory of the current campaign thanks to a 2-1 win away to Ndejje University on Wednesday.Two first half goal by Ronald Nyanzi and Juma Balinya were enough to see the Cops past the finish line despite Dickens Kikama pulling one back for the hosts late in the game.The Cops were trying to avoid an unwanted record of losing all their first four games of the season for the first time in their history and were happy to see Nyanzi put them in the lead on 16 minutes.Their lead was increased to two a minute before the break as Balinya scored his first goal of the season.In the second half, the hosts who had lost 1-0 to URA in the previous game piled pressure on Police but had to wait until the 87th minute to breach the Cops back line and ensure the game ends 2-1.The victory take Abdallah Mubiru’s side out of the relegation zone into 13th with three points from four games.For Ndejje, they slip to 12th with three points.In Luzira, also registered their first point of the season, drawing 1-1 with inform URA FC.Former Onduparaka forward Rashid Agau gave the home side the lead two minutes after the hour mark.URA equalized through second half substitute Joakim Ojera with a quarter of an hour to play.Maroons thus earned their first point in four matches as they remain glued at the bottom of the 16-team log. They along with Villa remain the only sides yet to win a game this season.A point earned for URA leaves them in fourth place with 8 points.The other games played on Wednesday:-SC Villa 1-3 Vipers SC-Nyamityobra 2-1 Mbarara CityThe StarTimes Uganda premier League returns next week.Fixtures Tuesday, 30-10-2018:–SC Villa Vs URA – Mandela National Stadium, Namboole-Kirinya-Jinja S.S Vs Vipers – Mighty Arena, Jinja S.S-Ndejje University Vs Paidha Black Angels – Arena of Visions, Luweero-Maroons Vs BUL – Luzira Prisons grounds-Onduparaka Vs Bright Stars – Green Light Stadium-Nyamityobora Vs Police – Muteesa II Wankulukuku StadiumFiaxtures Wednesday, 31-10-018:–KCCA Vs Mbarara City – Star Times Stadium, Lugogo-Express Vs Tooro United – Muteesa II Stadium, WankulukukuComments Tags: Maroons FCndejje universitypolice fcURA FClast_img read more