Guyanese being misled on local content for oil industry – Ram

first_imgOutspoken political commentator and chartered accountant, Christopher Ram claims Guyanese are being misled on local content for the oil and gas industry of Guyana.Ram said it is unfortunate that the comments coming from both people locally and overseas have not been consistent with the laws governing the petroleum sector in Guyana.Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram“Almost every person that has spoken on local content is speaking either from a position of ignorance or is deliberately misleading people as to what local content means in the context of our Petroleum Exploration and Production Act,” Ram told delegates at GPIEX 2018 on Thursday.He contended that in order to acquire a prospecting licence, an applicant must state what the local contents are in respect to employment of Guyanese labour. Also, when applying for a production licence, the applicant must state local contents for the purchase of goods and services.The accountant asserted that until the laws are changed, then those systems will continue to prevail.Ram also told this newspaper on Thursday that Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and other public officials have all stated repeatedly that Guyana could determine whether local content should be included in the legislation or developed separately as a policy.“No we don’t! The law is and that is set out under the Petroleum Exploration and Production Act and regulations that in applying for a prospecting licence, you must present your proposals for local content in respect of a prospecting licence … So all the things they are saying are incorrect,” he added.Further, Ram said, “I think it is sad that we have to have a foreigner tell us what local content should be, and that to me is the irony. I don’t think Trotman is acting from a position of total ignorance.”“I don’t think he is bothering to read the law and he is getting people to come and advise him who are just as ignorant. I am sorry to say, I have to be blunt because if he does not as a lawyer accept what the law requires then I can’t say what he is going to do.Quite frankly I don’t think Mr Trotman has done a great service to this country in relation to his portfolio as Minister of Natural Resources,” he added.The Local Content Plan and what it will do for Guyana has been a burning question since it was announced that oil was found in the Stabroek Block. Expectations were initially tempered by statements to the effect that few job opportunities would be created by commercial exploitation of this oil find, but the company has since said it will help with local content delivery.When ExxonMobil was granted a production licence in June of this year, Minister Trotman had given the company a six-month deadline in which to submit its Local Content Plan to the Government.ExxonMobil’s Guyana Country Manager, Rod Henson, had announced that the company would be relocating its onshore operations, which were used for support services, from neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago to Guyana.He said it was not the case that ExxonMobil would be looking to build a facility for its support services, but would rather put out tenders, and anyone interested in providing the shore-based services could present a proposal.Trotman had, in 2016, announced that Cabinet had given its ‘no objection’ to the establishment of the onshore industrial site on Crab Island, in the mouth of the Berbice River. He had said it would be forged through the joint efforts of the Ministries of Natural Resources, Public Infrastructure and Business.Construction was announced for early this year, and the investments from the Private Sector and Government’s infrastructural work and support were to be equivalent to US$500 million; but the Crab Island facility is yet to materialise.However, the draft Local Content Policy has been criticised in recent months for lacking provisions which would safeguard against exploitation by companies. The document does not cater for issues such as how to avoid procurement fraud, conflict of interest and favouritism, among others.Instead, the draft Local Content Policy framework seeks to address, the suite of opportunities that may arise and the approaches to be taken in selecting and developing opportunities related to enhancing the capabilities of Guyanese nationals and businesses.last_img read more

Man City top financial firepower list

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City’s Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero eyes the ball during the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester City and Feyenoord at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on November 21, 2017 © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 4 – Premier League leaders Manchester City have more financial muscle than any other club in world football, according to a study that sees English clubs dominate the top 10.The Soccerex Football Finance 100, which ranks the world’s top teams based on both their playing and fixed assets, money in the bank, owner potential investment and debt, was published on Wednesday. City, who have dropped just four points in the league this season, lead the way ahead of Arsenal. Tottenham are fifth on the list ahead of seventh-placed Manchester United, with Chelsea in ninth.According to the study, Arsenal have £766 million ($1 billion) worth of fixed assets — following their move from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium — more than any other club in world football, while only Manchester United have more money in the bank (£307 million) than Arsenal’s £300 million.The annual report by event organiser Soccerex suggests that Arsenal have the monetary muscle to “invest significantly” in the transfer market.Manchester City, for so long under-achievers in English football, have seen their fortunes transformed since a 2008 takeover by the Abu Dhabi United Group.They have won two Premier League titles in the past decade and Pep Guardiola’s team look certain to win it again this year as they are already 15 points clear of nearest challengers Manchester United.“Manchester City, one of the most famous cases of significant foreign investment changing a club’s status and potential, top the rankings,” the study says.“Arsenal’s second place in the rankings, ahead of PSG (Paris Saint-Germain), will surprise many and is certainly a talking point in light of criticism the club receives from some quarters for its perceived lack of spending in the transfer market,” it adds.“Their ranking is a reflection of the club’s professionalism and a sound business model. The position of financial strength means Arsenal could invest significantly should the hierarchy of the club choose to change their business strategy.”Liverpool are 16th on the list, while 2016 Premier League champions Leicester are 20th. French giants PSG, who broke the transfer record to sign Neymar last summer, are third ahead of Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande. Real Madrid are sixth with their La Liga rivals Barcelona only 13th.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Iran’s leader can’t visit Ground Zero

first_imgIran and the U.S. have not had diplomatic relations since Washington cut its ties with Tehran during the hostage crisis in which U.S. diplomats were held hostage for 444 days. The Bush administration has accused Iran of arming Shiite Muslim militants in Iraq and seeking to develop nuclear weapons.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Pat Milton THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad asked permission to lay a wreath at the World Trade Center site when he comes to New York City next week, but the request was denied, a police official said Wednesday. The U.S. also has denied a visa to Iran’s United Nations ambassador in Geneva to attend next week’s General Assembly meeting because he was involved in the 1979 U.S. hostage crisis, a U.N. official said. Ahmadinejad, who is arriving Sunday to address the United Nations’ General Assembly, had asked this month for permission to visit the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, police spokesman Paul Browne said. The request to enter the fenced-in site was rejected because of ongoing construction there, Browne said. “Requests for the Iranian president to visit the immediate area would also be opposed by the NYPD on security grounds,” Browne said. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Zalmay Khalilzad, told reporters Wednesday that the United States would not support Iran’s attempt to use the site for a “photo op.” “Iran can demonstrate its seriousness about concern with regard to terrorism by taking concrete actions,” such as dropping support for Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and suspending its uranium enrichment program, Khalilzad said. last_img read more

Worth signing? 20 Premier League players out of contract in the summer

first_img 14. Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion) 20 11. Jan Kirchhoff (Sunderland) 20 20 20 10. Bacary Sagna (Manchester City) 7. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) 4. Jesus Navas (Manchester City) 20 5. Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) 20 Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is back in the first-team fold and in fine form, in what is probably his last season at the club.The Brazilian has registered an impressive three assists in his last five Premier League appearances, which could be great timing considering he is out of contract in the summer.Unless Jurgen Klopp’s mind is changed, the 30-year-old’s decade-long stay at Anfield is set to come to an end, putting a number of clubs on red alert.Good performances now could be the key to a move in the summer – and Lucas is not the only player set to make a big decision about his future come the end of the season. Meanwhile, John Terry and Chelsea have already confirmed they will part ways once his contract expires in the off-season. The 36-year-old wants to continue playing and there will be no shortage of interested parties. With the end of the season just weeks away, talkSPORT has taken a look at some of the Premier League players with contracts expiring in the summer – meaning they are able to be snapped up for free.Starting with Lucas, click the right arrow, above, to see who might be available* soon.*According to Transfermarkt’s expiring contracts list 9. Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace) 15. Michael Carrick (Manchester United) 20 20 20 20 20 2. John Terry (Chelsea) 8. Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace) 3. Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) 20 20 20 17. Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) 20 12. Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace) 1. Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) – click the right arrow, above, to see who else is out of contract in a few weeks’ time… 20 20 16. Willy Caballero (Manchester City) 20 6. Gael Clichy (Manchester City) 20 18. Yaya Toure (Manchester City) 20 19. Adrian (West Ham United) 20. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) 13. Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) last_img read more

Man charged with dangerous driving causing death appears in court

first_imgA man accused of dangerous driving causing the death of another man at Bridgend almost two years ago has been sent forward for trial in Letterkenny.Daniel McCafferty, 34, who has an address in Derry, was charged with dangerous driving causing the death of Emmett McClelland at Bonnemaine, Bridgend at March 3, 2018. Detective Garda Jason Conroy told Buncrana District Court last Thursday that he served the Book of Evidence on Mr. McCafferty at 10.46am that morning.Garda Inspector Siobhan Mollohan said the DPP consented for the accused being sent forward for a criminal trial before the Circuit Court. The next sitting commences on January 28, 2020.Meanwhile McCafferty has also been charged with driving while under the influence of an intoxicant, namely cocaine, at the same location on the same date.Inspector Mollohan asked that those matters be adjourned for a short time to allow them to be added to the indictment in the Book of Evidence.Judge Paul Kelly agreed and informed Mr. McCafferty of what would happen next. He said if he wished to rely on an alibi as part of his defence he must inform the prosecution within 14 days.Furthermore Judge Kelly extended the Derry man’s bail and granted legal aid to Mr. Herron solicitor, two counsel and an engineer.Man charged with dangerous driving causing death appears in court was last modified: December 21st, 2019 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

Broadband taskforce needs more power to act – Pat the Cope

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has called on Ministers Denis Naughton and Heather Humphreys to act and give real power and authority to the newly established Taskforce on Mobile Phone and Broadband services. The taskforce which was established in July of this year as part of the programme for Government to unlock barriers to investment in mobile phone services, to improve availability of mobile phone signals and to provide initiatives for practical solutions for areas which currently cannot avail of mobile phone signals or broadband services.Pat the Cope added the taskforce must directly involve the relevant Government and state agencies as well as other agencies of state such as ComReg and the Telecommunication operators. He added that the solutions to the ongoing crises of poor mobile phone signals lies in a multi-agency and cross departmental approach and co-operation.“Whilst this newly established taskforce is welcome in its approach – its success will depend on the powers and authority it retains for delivery and on how it can compel commercial operators to provide services to less populated, more rural areas which are often the most difficult areas to provide Mobile Phone signals and broadband access for,” he said.He urged the two relevant Ministers of the Government to ensure prompt delivery of the taskforces recommendations – to be followed with prompt and directed actions in order to solve for once and for all the crises of poor or no Mobile phone signals throughout Ireland and especially Donegal – likewise the issue of broadband needs direct action on a cross departmental basis.He said the existing telecommunications infrastructure, such Tetra Ireland masts utilised properly and to maximum usage can provide a greater part of the solution to this problem, similarly in many places the communications infrastructure needs upgrading or in the instances of rural Ireland completely new infrastructure needs to be provided in order to deliver a proper and available mobile phone signal. “The taskforce in order to be effective must act, must have the power to act and must have the full and complete support of the Government in order to deliver,” added Pat the Cope.Broadband taskforce needs more power to act – Pat the Cope was last modified: November 15th, 2016 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

Donegal residents’ frustrations grow with foreign phonecall scam

first_imgPhone users in Donegal are reporting continued calls from unknown numbers in foreign countries.Locals have complained of unsolicited calls from Seychelles and other countries, where calls often come at the same time each day and ring for a short while before they can be answered.Phone users are warned not to answer or return any unknown calls and to block the numbers. More country codes have been reported in this scam since the alert first arose last week. Phone numbers beginning with codes including +248, +676, +674, +222 and +235 have been referenced as scam calls. Facebook users from across Donegal and Ireland have said the calls have increased in frequency over the past weeks. The calls are also said to come to users’ Viber apps.Ireland’s communications regulator ComReg warned that scam calls can take on many forms and consumers should be vigilant.ComReg advises taking the following precautions:• Avoid answering calls from numbers that you cannot identify, especially if you are not expecting a call.• Hang up immediately, on calls where there appears to be no recipient on the other end.• Be wary of multiple calls being received from the same number.• Do not call back any number that leaves you a blank voicemail message.• Do not provide any personal information for example – banking details/PPS number/credit card details/name and address/passport number etc. Unfortunately there is no way to identify a scam call number, and they can resemble a very normal, familiar, geographical number that we would come across on a daily basis, according to ComReg guidelines.Donegal residents’ frustrations grow with foreign phonecall scam was last modified: October 2nd, 2017 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)last_img read more

Irish soldiers ‘safe and well’ in Lebanon following Israeli mortar fire

first_imgMembers of the Irish Defence Forces sought protection in bunkers for about four hours in south Lebanon after their area of operations came under fire from the Israeli army.The UN peacekeepers in the 450-strong battalion, members of the 114th infantry battalion, took cover after an exchange of fire between the Israeli defence forces and the Iranian-supported Hezbollah on Sunday afternoon.The Irish soldiers responded to the codeword “Groundhog” directing them to take cover in bomb shelters and to don helmets and body armour as the incoming fire from the Israeli forces fell in their area, according to The Irish Times.  The Defence Forces tweeted that Irish personnel were “out of shelters” and “resuming routine” on Sunday evening, several hours after announcing that they had taken shelter “as a precautionary measure” after the rockets were fired on Sunday afternoon.None of the Irish troops were injured. A spokesman for the Defence Forces said that they were “safe and well.”Irish soldiers ‘safe and well’ in Lebanon following Israeli mortar fire was last modified: September 2nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Vexospark brings computer and business training to rural Limpopo

first_imgVexospark Community Technology Centre is run in various rural communities across Limpopo. More than 16,000 women have benefitted from this initiative.William Makgaba was 23 years old when he was embarrassed publicly — he was laughed at because he didn’t know how to open an MS Word document. This led to his providing computer literacy training in rural communities so that they would not have to go through similar humiliation. (Image supplied)Melissa JavanMore than 16,000 young women in Limpopo’s rural communities have become computer literate and have basic skills in entrepreneurship through the help of the Vexospark Community Technology Centre.Play Your Part ambassador William Makgaba is the founder of this initiative. He says that in 2006 his life changed drastically when he was not able to open an MS Word document. Those around him laughed at his inability.“Since 2004 I worked as a gardener. In 2006, an old lady for whom I was working, helped to register me with Unisa.“At Unisa we had to type assignments which was something I couldn’t do at that time.”Being laughed at made Makgaba self-conscious and he dropped out. “I then realised that so many people from rural communities will also be victimised if I don’t stand up and do something.”He started the Vexospark initiative in 2008, he says, shortly after he received a computer from the woman who had helped him to get into Unisa. He started training people how to use it.He had studied PC engineering at Pinnacle Business College in 2004 and in 2008 he completed an End-User Computing course at the University of Limpopo.Makgaba says his initiative helps students to register at Unisa at its centres. “The students can also do their assignments for Unisa and change modules at our centres.”VexosparkThe Vexospark Community Technology Centre focuses on disabled people, women and youth.Makgaba, who is from Madiga village in the Ga-Dikgale area of Polokwane, says his project works in five municipalities, namely:Greater Tzaneen – Here, it helps special schools with 3D virtual learning environments and runs Intel’s She Will Connect programme that teaches women computer literacy.Blouberg – Here, it gives information and communications technology in education training and runs She Will Connect.Polokwane – Here, it gives entrepreneurial business skills training and runs She Will Connect.Mogalakwena – As in Blouberg, it gives information and communications technology in education training and runs She Will Connect.Greater Tubatse – Here, it runs She Will Connect.Brand South Africa journalist Melissa Javan spoke to Makgaba:Melissa Javan: Why did you start this project?William Makgaba: The use of ICT is limited to urban people; people in marginalised communities are being left out of processes that affect their lives. I am also driven by the need to close the gender gap when it comes to technology. I am aware of the danger of not making use of technology for access to information, the lack of speed in implementation and the slow roll out of technology. And I am interested in the evolution of ICT.MJ: What is your project’s name?WM: It’s called Vexospark Community Technology Centre.MJ: As a community worker, what are your highlights so far?WM: She will Connect – 16,330 women from the age of 15 in rural Limpopo are now computer literate and have basic entrepreneurial skills, supported by Intel and Siyafunda.ICT in education – high school maths and science learners are getting great results, supported by the P.E.A.C.E Foundation Trust.Entrepreneurial business skills – women between the ages of 18 and 35 have learned entrepreneurship skills, supported by Siyafunda, Mastercard and Junior Achievement SA.MJ: To play your part in society, how can you get your community involved in a project or initiative?WM: Step one is to love your community. You will always be happy if everything you do for your community is from the heart. Step two is to network. No man is an island. Networking with others will help you to help your community. Step three is to register your organisation. It is very important to have a registered entity to help you get some funding.MJ: Why should all South Africans play their part in their communities and be brand ambassadors for South Africa?WM: We can only reach the highest height if we encourage, teach, guide, learn and support each other.MJ: Are you one of the teachers in these ICT projects?WM: Nope. I have eight trainers now. My job is to go to communities, find the problem and ask for help from institutions to resolve that problem.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more