first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Nimba County will clash with Grand Gedeh in the first semi-final soccer match on Thursday.Grand Bassa will also take on Bong County in the second semi-final encounter.The winners from the two encounters will play for the finals of the 2014 County Meet in the soccer edition and the losers will clash for the 3rd place.The four teams have gone through the preliminary and the qualifying rounds to reach thus far. Nimba versus Grand Gedeh; Bassa versus Bong will be the finest games to climax a tournament that is celebrate ten years of peace in Liberia.Though there have been some disappointments where teams have lost due to mistakes by players, (Lofa v Grand Gedeh and Grand Kru v Nimba), the general standard has been impressive.It is the expectation of the remaining four counties that the best of Liberian football will be demonstrated as they challenge each other to march to claim the crown that Grand Cape Mount could not defend.last_img read more

first_imgFirst oil aheadDear Editor,I am writing this letter to outline a few concerns that I have as we move to close 2019 and move into 2020. 2020 for Guyana will be a watershed moment in Guyanese history as 2020 brings with it ‘First Oil.’ This moment in our history will either go as the moment our nation took a major step towards becoming a developed nation or as the moment our nation fell into the resource curse trap as many other nations have such as Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria and Venezuela. In essence, we can either push our economy into a boom and boom period or fall victim to a boom and a bust. I think that working in our favour is the fact that there are many who wish us well, and in doing so are pushing the conversation in their own way to help us, these groups include the Diaspora of Guyanese abroad, the international community and our brothers and sisters in our region; however, we ourselves must band together to overcome internal divisions especially ethnic divisions and complete the work needed truly take advantage of the resource that we are about to exploit. Let’s take stock of the current situation – we have Production Sharing Agreements (PSAs) signed with the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission that is now housed under the Ministry of Natural Resources, we have a Department of Energy housed under the Ministry of the Presidency and we have a Natural Resources Fund. We have also done some capacity building in our Guyana Revenue Authority, Environmental Protection Agency and Maritime Administration Department. Comparing this to Ghana, we see that Petroleum exploration and production activities are regulated by a number of laws in Ghana: — The Petroleum Commission Act, 2011 (Act 821) (‘Petroleum Commission Act’); — The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation Law, 1983 (PNDCL 64) (‘GNPC Law’); — Petroleum (Exploration and Production) Law, 1984 (PNDCL 84) (‘Petroleum Exploration Law’); — The Petroleum (Local Content and Local Participation) Regulations, 2013 (LI 2204) (‘Local Content Law’); — Petroleum Revenue Management Act, 2011 (Act 815) (‘PRMA Act’); — Petroleum Revenue Management (Amendment) Act, 2015 (Act 893) (‘Amended PRMA Act’); — Environmental Assessment Regulations, 1999 (LI 1652) (‘Environmental Regulations’); and — Petroleum Income Tax Act, 1987 (PNDCL 188). Similarly in the Government, regulatory and/or oversight bodies principally responsible for regulating oil and gas activities are the Minister of Petroleum (the ‘Minister’) provides the overall policy direction in the management of oil resources in Ghana; the Attorney General, under the Ministry of Justice, assists the Minister in the negotiation and drafting of petroleum agreements (the ‘Petroleum Agreement’) and the required laws and regulations regulating the oil and gas sector; the Petroleum Commission (the ‘Commission’) regulates and manages the utilisation of petroleum resources in Ghana, it also coordinates the policies put in place by the Minister, in regulating the utilisation of petroleum resources, the Commission has the authority to make regulations, issue permits and carry out necessary inspections and audits related to the activities of petroleum companies operating in the upstream and midstream sectors; the Environmental Protection Agency (the ‘EPA’) is responsible for enforcement of Ghana’s environmental laws, the EPA ensures that exploration and development of oil and gas is undertaken in an environmentally friendly manner; the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (the ‘GNPC’) is responsible for the development, production and disposal of petroleum; the GNPC is required to ensure that Ghana obtains the greatest possible benefits from the development of petroleum resources, the GNPC participates in petroleum operations on behalf of Ghana with contractors under the Petroleum Agreements; the National Petroleum Authority (the ‘NPA’) is also given a broad mandate to regulate, oversee and monitor activities in the downstream petroleum industry. In particular, it sets prices and supervises the bulk storage and transportation of petroleum products. (I should note that the content on Ghana was taken from the fact sheet put together by Bob Palmer, Partner at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP which I came across while searching online). Clearly just using Ghana as an example, we have a high volume of work ahead of us to put in responsible management of our oil and gas sector. The risks of not doing this can be found in Equatorial Guinea. I recently read an old article from Human Rights Watch, which I would encourage every Guyanese to read, titled “How Equatorial Guinea turned corruption into an art form.” In the article, it starts out by stating that Equatorial Guinea has the highest per capita GDP in Africa but then goes on to say that it went from one of the poorest countries in Africa to one of the richest, but still the lives of the ordinary citizens have not been transformed. The researcher that the article’s author was interviewing actually found some alarming trends – despite its oil wealth, the trend in Equatorial Guinea’s Health and Education sectors were that vaccinations and school enrollment rates had decreased over the past 20 years since the country found oil. It should be noted that unless new reserves are found, the country’s oil reserves will run out in 2035. What went wrong? The article goes on to say that money was siphoned off in infrastructural projects, for instance, the country has five major airports and on one tiny island of just 5000 people, Annobon, the Government built a US$112 million seaport, but the island has no high school. I shared the information about Ghana and Equatorial Guinea to say that we as Guyanese need to let go of our divisions and work together to ask for the appropriate legislation to govern the sector, as well as increased capacity in our Ministries and agencies minus the missteps such as the lack of a Local Content Legislation, the Petroleum Commission Bill which placed too much power in the hands of the subject Minister or the Natural Resources Fund legislation that needs more national buy-in. We need to put the resources into our Revenue Authority and our Auditor General’s department so that when the bills for exploration costs come in they have resources to audit and give the nation the con?dence it seeks. If and only if we build the regulatory capacity to manage this oil and gas sector will we experience the boom and boom period that we should bene?t from, otherwise a boom and bust period synonymous with the resource curse awaits us.Sincerely,Nicholas DeygooBusinessmanlast_img read more

first_imgRoberto Firmino and Sadio Mane were also on target as Liverpool’s prolific front three that led them to the Champions League final last season all scored in the same game for this first time this campaign.“It’s good that we can maybe stop talking about that a little bit,” said Klopp. “I was not in doubt, he was not in doubt, but if you are constantly asked about it, you think something is up.”Salah has reached his half-century quicker than any other player in Liverpool history after just 65 appearances for the Reds.“It’s great, I’m happy to score my 50th goal,” said Salah despite his muted celebrations.“We know how to play with each other and know our qualities,” he added of his combination with Firmino and Mane refinding its spark.Liverpool are now back on top of Champions League Group C as Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli drew 2-2 in the French capital, but all three sides remain separated by just two points.“We are not through yet. This group obviously stays exciting until the end, I think that was clear from the draw,” added Klopp. “But you cannot do more than win your own games.”Liverpool had struggled for goals in recent weeks with a new-found defensive stability instead keeping them level on points with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.– Klopp tinkers –Klopp tinkered with his preferred 4-3-3 system by moving Salah centrally as the focal point of a 4-2-3-1 and his decision to hand Xherdan Shaqiri a start paid off as the Swiss added some much-needed creativity in midfield.Shaqiri’s pass played Andy Robertson in behind the Red Star defence and his cross was converted by Firmino for his first goal in eight games to get Liverpool off the mark.Salah then took centre stage to take his tally for the new season to six despite a slow start sparking concern he would not meet the standards of his incredible 44-goal debut campaign at Anfield.He fired home from another neat touch by Shaqiri to give Klopp’s men breathing space before half-time and then from the penalty spot after German referee Daniel Siebert awarded a very soft spot-kick for Filip Stojkovic’s challenge on Mane.Klopp then withdrew Salah before Liverpool’s second penalty of the night to rob him the chance of a hat-trick when Milos Degenek handled inside the area.Mane missed his opportunity in Salah’s absence as Milan Borjan turned his penalty onto the crossbar.However, the Senegalese made amends 10 minutes from time by stabbing home Daniel Sturridge’s pass.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has now scored 50 goals for the club in just 65 appearances © AFP / Oli SCARFFLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Oct 25 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hopes talk of Mohamed Salah’s early-season slump will be quashed by the Egyptian’s double in a 4-0 win over Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday that took his tally for the club to 50 goals.Salah ended a four-game goal drought with the winner at Huddersfield on Saturday and looked more like his old self in scoring either side of half-time.last_img read more

first_imgCOLLEGE FOOTBALL: Georgia needs just one overtime play to score the winning touchdown. By John Zenor THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Matthew Stafford and Mikey Henderson crashed Alabama’s latest celebration, and touched off one of their own. Henderson caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to lift No. 22 Georgia to a 26-23 overtime victory over the Crimson Tide on Saturday night. “When you make plays you erase the what-ifs,” Henderson said. “He gave me a perfect ball and I caught it.” The Tide started overtime with the ball but failed to gain a yard and Leigh Tiffin put Alabama ahead with a 42-yard field goal. The Bulldogs (3-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) needed one play to win it. After faking a handoff, Stafford lofted a pass to the left side of the end zone for Henderson, who made an over-the-shoulder catch and ended the Tide’s hopes of a second straight dramatic victory. Georgia coach Mark Richt felt good about the play when he saw the safeties creeping up to defend the run, leaving the receivers in man-to-man coverage. “Matthew threw a beautiful ball,” Richt said. “When (Henderson) caught it, I dropped my playbook and started celebrating. “A game like this makes it all worthwhile. Rings and trophies are nice but the memories we made tonight are going to last a lifetime.” Henderson’s first career touchdown catch was a big one for a team that was flirting with its first 0-2 SEC start since 1993. “We just tried to give Mikey a chance,” said Stafford, who completed 19 of 35 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns but was intercepted twice. “He’s a speed guy who would just kind of burst by them. I just tried to get him the ball and he ended up making the play for me.” Stafford was excellent on third downs, helping Georgia convert nine of 19 and keep the ball nearly nine minutes longer than Alabama. “I think the biggest difference in the game was time of possession and their ability to keep the ball,” Tide coach Nick Saban said. “It was really a problem in the first half.” The Tide (3-1, 2-1) had rallied to beat Arkansas, 41-38, last week on John Parker Wilson’s touchdown pass to Matt Caddell with eight seconds left, the team’s first fourth-quarter comeback win since the 2004 Independence Bowl. This one might have been even more improbable if Alabama could have pulled it off after scoring 10 points in the final 6:30 to force overtime. Wilson threw for 185 yards, ran for a touchdown and completed 17 of 35 passes. Last week’s win had vaulted the Tide back into The Associated Press rankings and worked already title-hungry fans into a frenzy. They were even more excited when it appeared Saban’s team was going to do it again, only to watch the Bulldogs celebrate instead. “These are the types of games you come to Alabama to play,” Tide cornerback Simeon Castille said. “It was a big game for us and Georgia. We never quit. We just came up a little short.” Georgia, which hadn’t gone to overtime since a 2004 Capital One Bowl win over Purdue, nearly got the win in regulation time. Stafford moved the ball downfield in the final 1:09 despite having only one time out to work with, but Brandon Coutu’s 47-yard field-goal attempt went wide left as time ran out. The Tide had started its late comeback with Tiffin’s 22-yard field goal on a drive kept alive by a pass interference call on fourth-and-7. Thomas Brown and Knowshon Moreno rushed for 74 yards apiece for Georgia, which jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the second quarter. “You can’t execute the way we did in the first half and do some of the things that we did out there and have a chance to be successful against a team like that,” Saban said. “We put ourselves in a hole and were unable to overcome it.”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

first_imgFormer Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez is interested in a move to Italy – after revealing he snubbed offers from Serie A last summer.The Mexican left Old Trafford for Bayer Leverkusen in August for £7.3m after being deemed surplus to requirements by Louis van Gaal.However, since making the move to Germany, the 27-year-old has been on fire with 26 goals to his name so far.The likes of Juventus are now showing an interest in Hernandez and he has admitted he could be tempted by a move to Serie A after rejecting it last summer.“Serie A is a high-level tournament, I’m not ruling it out,” Hernandez told Gazzetta dello Sport.“In Italy in the summer Juve, Inter, Milan, Lazio and Roma tried for me. I chose Bayer because they were in the Champions League and they made me feel wanted.“They were convinced that with me they could have a better season, and that was gratifying.“I’ve been signed outright, I have a contract here until 2018. I have everything I’m looking for here. I’m in a great league, playing in the Champions League and being paid well.“In the last three years I’ve played for three teams in three countries, though, so I know anything can happen.” Javier Hernandez 1last_img read more

first_imgAre you aged between 13 – 18 and interested in improving your communication skills?Well now is the perfect time to get involved in Junior Toastmasters.Junior Toastmasters Letterkenny will be holding their Junior Toastmasters meeting in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Sunday the 1st of December at 5pm. Everyone is WELCOME to come along. And of coarse bring along your friends!Toastmasters International (TI) is a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills in a FUN and interesting way.This club is open to second level students.For more details contact Emma Rose Callaghan/ Sean Harkin PR Officers (age 16) with the support from adult mentors Karen Murphy 086 6043040 and Conor Crossan 087 1332680.  RAISE A TOAST TO DONEGAL’S JUNIOR TOASTMASTERS! was last modified: December 1st, 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:donegalJunior Toastmasterslast_img read more

first_img The Republican head of the Senate Armed Services Committee, John Warner of Virginia announced plans for a hearing in Washington today. Warner has expressed support for the agreement, describing the UAE as an important ally against terrorism. Bush on Tuesday brushed aside objections by leaders in the Senate and House. He pledged to veto any bill Congress might approve to block the agreement, but some lawmakers said they still were determined to capsize it. Dubai Ports’ top American executive, chief operating officer Edward H. Bilkey, said the company will do whatever the Bush administration asks to enhance shipping security and ensure the sale goes through. Bilkey said Wednesday he will work in Washington to persuade skeptical lawmakers they should endorse the deal; Senate oversight hearings already are scheduled. “We’re disappointed,” Bilkey told the AP in an interview. “We’re going to do our best to persuade them that they jumped the gun. The UAE is a very solid friend, as President Bush has said.” Under the deal, the government asked Dubai Ports to operate American seaports with existing U.S. managers “to the extent possible.” It promised to take “all reasonable steps” to assist the Homeland Security Department, and it pledged to continue participating in security programs to stop smuggling and detect illegal shipments of nuclear materials. The administration required Dubai Ports to designate an executive to handle requests from the U.S. government, but it did not specify this person’s citizenship. It said Dubai Ports must retain paperwork “in the normal course of business” but did not specify a time period or require corporate records to be housed in the United States. Outside experts familiar with such agreements said such provisions are routine in other cases. Bush faces a potential rebellion from leaders of his own party, as well as a fight from Democrats, over the sale. It puts Dubai Ports in charge of major terminal operations in New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, New Orleans, Miami and Philadelphia. Senate and House leaders urged the president to delay the takeover, which is set to be finalized in early March. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee said the deal raised “serious questions regarding the safety and security of our homeland.” House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., asked the president for a moratorium on the sale until it could be studied further. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The Bush administration secretly required a company in the United Arab Emirates to cooperate with future U.S. investigations before approving its takeover of operations at six American ports, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. It chose not to impose other, routine restrictions. As part of the $6.8 billion purchase, state-owned Dubai Ports World agreed to reveal records on demand about “foreign operational direction” of its business at U.S. ports, according to the documents. Those records broadly include details about the design, maintenance or operation of ports and equipment. The administration did not require Dubai Ports to keep copies of business records on U.S. soil, where they would be subject to orders by American courts. It also did not require the company to designate an American citizen to accommodate U.S. government requests. Outside legal experts said such obligations are routinely attached to U.S. approvals of foreign sales in other industries. “They’re not lax but they’re not draconian,” said James Lewis, a former U.S. official who worked on such agreements. If officials had predicted the firestorm of criticism over the deal, Lewis said, “they might have made them sound harder.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The conditions involving the sale of London-based Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co. were detailed in U.S. documents marked “confidential.” Such records are regularly guarded as trade secrets, and it is highly unusual for them to be made public. The concessions were described previously by the Homeland Security Department as unprecedented among maritime companies. Still, they reflect a close relationship between the United States and the United Arab Emirates. Rep. Peter King of New York, the Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a leading critic of the sale, said the conditions are evidence the Bush administration was concerned about security. “There is a very serious question as to why the records are not going to be maintained on American soil subject to American jurisdiction,” King said. The revelations about the negotiated conditions came as the White House acknowledged President George W. Bush was unaware of the pending sale until the deal had been already approved by his administration. last_img read more

first_imgAn Open Letter Re Moville/Greencastle Waste Water Treatment PlantIn 1989 Donegal County Council proposed to combine the sewage loads of both Moville and Greencastle and then discharge, totally untreated, into the Foyle estuary in the town land of Carnagarve.A full council meeting at Lifford in 1990 instructed the Water and Environment Section of the Donegal County Council to abandon this plan and to locate the plant and pipe, regardless of the level of treatment, outside the environs of the estuary. This was a unanimous decision carried by a vote of twelve to nil. In 1996 uncalled for political intervention caused this site in the town land of Eleven Ballyboes to be abandoned and no explanation has ever been given for this decision. Further intervention caused a new site at the Mill to be abandoned in 2003.The present site at Carnagarve, selected without a minute’s consultation with the local community in 2005, is not the answer to this urgent problem.The shore walk (partly Sli na Slainte) with its pocket beaches of golden sand, pristine waters and beautiful views is Moville and Greencastle’s greatest and most valuable asset.There is a health and feel good factor involved here that could not be quantified in financial terms not to mention the social interaction that is constantly on display between locals and visitors. This is something that deserves total protection from all who benefit from its unique values.Now consider what our long and detailed research has identified.Donegal County Council stated that the discharge from the pipe would pose no danger to either the beaches or bathing waters or to people using the shore walk in general. In fact they produced an expensive report demonstrating the discharged effluent going out into the deep at all times.Mr Mike Quinnell, Senior Oceanographer, using the exact same data, demonstrated in fact, the opposite. He proved a shoreward component on the ebb tide which would bring the discharged effluent ashore twice a day every day. Add to that the scenario that this plant will be allowed to discharge untreated sewage a MINIMUM of three times a season and it becomes quite evident that you are looking at a potential environmental disaster and the wipe out of this community’s most precious and valuable asset for all time. Possession of this information should have caused the Donegal County Council to introduce the precautionary principle and abandon the site forthwith. This did not happen.Everyone agrees that Moville and Greencastle are in urgent need of a proper waster water treatment plant but they must be careful that the price is not too high. We have always said THE RIGHT PLANT IN THE RIGHT PLACE. Consider if Donegal County Council were successful with their plans at Carnagarve.You find yourself walking towards Moville into a south west wind (prevailing wind) and the spray coming off the rocks at high tide. The content of such a spray leaves little to the imagination.Recently a visitor to the area pointed out that no mention has ever been made of the effluent being driven ashore by the wash from passing boats and ships.Future generations will have plenty to say if this is allowed to go ahead. Enda Craig – Spokesperson for Community For A Clean Estuary.VIEWPOINT: AN OPEN LETTER ON THE MOVILLE/GREENCASTLE WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT was last modified: April 30th, 2013 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:VIEWPOINT: AN OPEN LETTER ON THE MOVILLE/GREENCASTLE WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANTlast_img read more

first_imgMurdered: Oran DohertyDETECTIVES investigating the murders of 29 people including three schoolboys from Buncrana have tonight charged a man in the North.Seamus Daly, from Culloville, County Monaghan, was arrested by PSNI serious crime branch detectives in Newry on Monday in relation to the 1998 Omagh bomb. He was one of four men ordered to pay more than £1.5m in damages to the victims’ families in a civil case.The Buncrana boys who died were Oran Doherty, James Barker and Sean McLaughlin.It was the worst atrocity of the Troubles and was carried out by dissident terrorists calling themselves the Real IRA.The Donegal boys were on a trip to Omagh the day of the bombing.Daly, 43, was tonight charged with the murders of 29 people.MAN CHARGED WITH MURDERS OF DONEGAL SCHOOLBOYS IN OMAGH BLAST was last modified: April 10th, 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) Tags:buncranachargedOmagh bombSeamus Dalylast_img read more

first_imgCountless prayers are being said for a popular Donegal mother as her fight continues against a serious illness in Spain. Vanessa Donohoe suffered a severe brain aneurysm almost two weeks ago while on holiday with her husband PJ and young family. She is currently being treated in a Barcelona hospital, where she has undergone a number of surgeries.The Newtowncunningham woman is said to be in critical condition today (Friday) following another surgery. Her community of supporters is being asked to keep her in their thoughts and to pray for her health. Hundreds of locals attended a massive country music night on Wednesday to raise funds for Vanessa. Well-wishers packed into An Grianan Hotel in Burt for a lively concert, collections and a raffle to support her recovery fund.Vanessa’s sudden illness in Spain was an immense shock to all the family and came with a huge financial cost. The kind-hearted community of Newtowncunningham and beyond have come together to help cover her medical bills and support her husband PJ during her illness.A fundraising target on GoFundMe has been set at €25,000. More than 300 donations in the past 9 days have brought the total to €11,800. If you would like to donate, please click here: https://www.gofundme.com/5o57xa8Vanessa Donohue and familyCommunity is asked to keep local mum Vanessa Donohoe in their prayers was last modified: June 22nd, 2018 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:vanessa donohoe recovery fundlast_img read more