first_img…still awaiting word from GRA on way forward – sourceEmbattled logging company BaiShanLin Forest Developers Inc has put on the chopping block the Cacique Palace aback the Princess Hotel, East Bank Demerara which it had purchased recently.According to an advertisement published in the Wednesday edition of Guyana Times, the entity is advertising for buyers.The Cacique Palace and Banquet Hall began construction in preparation for the 2007 Cricket World Cup; however, the US$3.5 million project was never completed and opened for business despite a G$30 million cash injection by the then Government.To recover its monies, the previous Administration had established a team comprising the developers and other facilitators to negotiate a sale.The Cacique Palace aback the Princess Hotel, Providence, East Bank DemeraraThis obtained in 2009 when the then Government, as well as the owners of the Cacique Palace and Banquet Hall, entered into an agreement wherein the Government would have acquired and complete the construction of the edifice.The property had stayed vacant on the market for a number of years before BaiShanLin snapped it up as accommodation for its employees as it expanded its operations locally.The controversial Chinese logging company has, in recent months, found itself in dire financial straits, causing the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) to levy against company property and equipment lieu of in excess of $1.5 billion said to be owed to the tax authority.The Guyana Government has since terminated the Investment Agreement with BaiShanLin and the entity was asked to repay the fiscal concessions it had been granted for the importation of machinery, equipment and vehicles to the tune of $1.5 billion.The two entities have since entered into closed doors negotiations in order to sort out an amicable agreement.Guyana Times was told by a source close to the negotiations that BaiShanLin had been asked to prepare a proposal for the GRA with regard to its initial commitments in Guyana.This was done, but according to the source, the GRA is still to respond to BaiShanLin on the way forward.The revenue collection agency had launched an investigation to determine if the terms and conditions under which the tax exemptions were granted had been complied with.BaiShanLin was found to have breached the terms and conditions outlined in the Investment Agreement.According to the Revenue Authority, BaiShanLin failed to undertake the activities of the project specified in the Investment Agreement with regard to the setting up of a modernised wood processing facility in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).The tax collection body also found that the company failed to procure and provide all the investment and other financing required by the undertaking, in the estimated sum of US$150 million over a three-year period from the time of signing of the Investment Agreement.The company had found itself in even more hot water when the Guyana Forestry Commission moved to seize all of the forestry concessions held by BaiShanLin, including those controlled through Joint Venture Arrangements with local companies that held Timber Sales Agreements.The company had sought the assistance of the Chinese Development Bank along with the local embassy in its search to secure an investor to no avail.last_img read more

first_imgAttorney-at-Law Sanjeev Datadin during his submissions to the CCJ on FridayFormer AFC parliamentarian Charrandas PersaudThirty votes have been accepted over the years in Guyana’s National Assembly as the majority and have been the deciding figure for numerous bills and motions being passed or shut down.Therefore, to say that the vote in favour of the No-Confidence Motion against the Government by former AFC parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud did not help tip the scales to the majority is not in keeping with Guyana’s parliamentary trend.This is according to Attorney-at-Law Sanjeev Datadin, who is representing Persaud at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in relation to the No-Confidence Motion against the APNU/AFC coalition Government which was passed on December 21, 2018, where Persaud’s vote was seen as what has been described as the “deciding factor”.Datadin in his submissions to the CCJ on Friday said that the Opposition – People’s Progressive Party (PPP) – when it was in Government, in the 2011 National Elections, had secured 32 seats in the National Assembly and the APNU and AFC together had one more seat than the ruling party of the day.This, he said, resulted in a number of motions and bills put forward by the Government side in the House being voted against and ultimately no progress for some years since together, the two opposition parties joined forces and voted them down.The CCJ heard that eventually, the now Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo, then brought a No-Confidence Motion against the PPP in 2014 but before that motion could have been debated, the then President, Donald Ramotar, had prorogued Parliament which eventually led to elections being called in a short time frame.Datadin further explained that after the 2015 elections, the APNU/AFC coalition took office and had a one-seat majority in the National Assembly which they used to pass a number of motions and bills to date.He pointed out that in some cases, the PPP had a majority on some of these bills since, in a few instances, Government Ministers themselves abstained from voting, adding that some of these very Ministers were also “dual citizens”.Giving an example to the court, Datadin said that on July 30, 2018, several Government Ministers abstained from voting for duty-free concessions for two officials of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). He noted that despite the fact that they did not vote with their party, they were not removed from Parliament by the Government.“Apparently, as much is being said about what transpires and yesterday (Thursday) there were some comments about the society that Guyana is…the truth is that before now several dual citizens have been in Parliament, participated in Parliament, continued. It was more honoured in its breach than in its observance. I am not saying that it is right your honour,” the lawyer said.According to the attorney, 33 votes had been accepted as the majority when voting in the National Assembly for years by all parties in the House and, therefore, it still should be seen as such in the case of the validity of the No-Confidence Motion where Charrandas Persaud voted against the Government.“We go on and on about where we would find a view about the interpretation of the Constitution. We have a Constitution that is fairly simple in what it says. It is unique.”Crossing floor positionMeanwhile, attorney-at-law and President of the Guyana Bar Association, Kamal Ramkarran in his arguments pointed out that Guyana’s history in the National Assembly does entail the “crossing floor position”.He explained that three members of three different parties had left their respective parties but were still sitting in those seats in the Parliament and continued to do so for a number of years.“Two are now Ministers in this Government, Minister Raphael Trotman and Minister Khemraj Ramjattan. One is now dead, Mrs Shelia Holder, so both parties had a rare moment of bipartisanship and got together and put this recall legislation in process.And to answer the question of any similar No-Confidence Motion ever brought? One was brought in 2014 by current Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo. But before it could be debated, the President prorogued Parliament and six months later dissolved Parliament and called elections, one was brought but it was never heard,” the lawyer submitted.According to Ramkarran, interestingly enough, at the time that the 2014 No-Confidence Motion was brought to the House, the combined Opposition (which is now Guyana’s Government) had 33 seats in Parliament.He reiterated that given the historical background of Guyana, the case being tried in the Court has fundamental issues of democracy and rule of law intertwined with it.“Those issues cannot be untied from the case, your honours…the suggestion by the Attorney General (AG) that the vote of a person against the votes desired by the other members of his list means that that vote is automatically nullified from the time he makes it or even from the time that he gets the idea. But this could not be so, that would mean that there is some sort of dictatorship of the list, we would not need the National Assembly, we could just have decisions by decree based on numbers in Parliament….”He added that if the court were to take this this argument to its logical conclusion, then Parliament is a charade – that is – a dictatorship of the list. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

first_imgMiguel Sandoval, who plays District Attorney Manuel Devalos in “Medium,” also will direct an episode of the show. – Associated Press Patricia Arquette will soon be taking orders from her little brother. David Arquette, who’s married to “Dirt” actress Courteney Cox, will direct an episode of NBC’s drama “Medium.” “I was always a bossy little girl and being David’s older sister I’ve bossed him around quite a bit. Now that he’ll be directing me it will be payback time,” Patricia Arquette, 38, said Monday. “I think it will be really interesting being directed by David because he knows me so well and I feel so safe with him. I think I’ll be able to go to some of my darkest places.” The 35-year-old David Arquette, who stars in ABC’s “In Case of Emergency” and recently directed his first feature film (“The Tripper” being released in April), said he was “really excited to be able to work with my sister Patricia.” 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_imgA man accused of assaulting Donegal Senator Brian O’Domhnaill is planning to bring a private prosecution against the politician because he has not also been charged with assault.Two men accused of assault causing harm on the Senator are likely to go to trial before the Circuit Court after Judge Paul Kelly said the case is too serious for his District Court.Judge Kelly refused jurisdiction to hear the case at Dungloe District Court because he was told the prosecution claimed the victim received eight stitches after he was kicked in the head. Jacqui Sharkey, solicitor for one of the defendants, Jim Sharkey, said they were considering a private prosecution against Senator O’Domhnaill, 34, who was not being prosecuted by the State following a melee.Inspector Sylvie Henry told the court that he had been in touch with the Director of Public Prosecutions and his directions were to proceed with the case against Mr Sharkey, 43, and the other defendant, Cathal O’Donovan, 42,Jim Sharkey and O’Donovan are accused of assaulting Senator O Domhnaill and causing him harm at Meenacuing, Gweedore, on August 22, 2010.Sharkey, of Bayside, New York, is also accused of breaching the peace with threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour at the same place on the same date, and with damaging a plastic seat belt cover from a Ford Transit minibus belonging to Neil Gallagher.Cathal O’Donovan, of New Eltham, London, is also accused of breaching the peace.Judge Kelly adjourned the case to October 11th when a book of evidence will be served so the case can go forward to the Circuit Court.EndsMAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING SENATOR BRIAN O’DOMHNAILL CONSIDERS BRINGING COUNTER ACTION was last modified: July 13th, 2011 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:assaultSenator Brian O’Domhnailllast_img read more

first_imgGARDAÍ are warning motorists to take extra care again in the roads today after high winds and heavy rain affected Donegal roads.A tree has been felled on the Letterekenny/Ramelton Road close to Moorfield.This has caused some traffic delays. But there is also widespread surface water problems on many roads.“This is causing some difficulties for motorists,” said a Garda spokesman.“On rural roads in particular motorists should be aware that there may be a fallen tree or flooding around that next corner and should slow down.”Heavy showers will continue today, though these will die out later.  ROADS WARNING AFTER TREE FALLS AND HEAVY RAIN was last modified: February 3rd, 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:rainroads warningtreesweatherlast_img read more

first_imgFire crews and locals have been tending to a gorse fire at Derryhenney near Doochary in the past few hours.The fire spread rapidly towards one house because of breezy conditions in the area.One family had to vacate their home and move cars. The fire is relatively under control but fire personnel are remaining at the scene.It follows a number of gorse fires in recent days. BREAKING NEWS: FAMILY FORCE TO FLEE HOME AFTER MORE GORSE FIRES was last modified: April 9th, 2015 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:donegalDoocharyFIRESgorselast_img read more

first_imgTomorrow (Sun), July 21, 22 members of Rushe Fitness have a 6am start as we are heading down to Oldcastle in Co Meath to take part in Tough Mudder.Click here to join our gym family.The 10-mile course has 30 amazing and tough obstacles throughout it and is sure to be a tough, but very satisfying event. Mud runs are becoming more and more popular.Each county is opening their own versions, of the larger national events, and more and more people are taking part in them.They are a great day out and are fantastic as a team-building event.With such huge variations in the type and length of these events, it has to be asked; How exactly should you train for a mud run?You need to have some level of fitness.You need to be able to pull yourself through mud and over obstacles.You also need to be able to run like hell from the guys who may be shooting at you.As hellish as that may sound to those who have never tried it, it’s not actually as bad as it sounds, and they are really fun to do. There are a few considerations that you should take into account before you start training for one of these events.• Your experience• The type of event• Are you in it to compete or just to complete it?• What is your current fitness level?• Are you part of a team?1. The first consideration and the one that most people tend to overlook is the actual length of the course.Tough Mudder is 10-miles or 16km. Hell and Back is anything from 8-12km from the previous ones we have competed in.Most of the local ones are all around the 10k length and usually have a 5k option for beginners.With such a difference in the length of the events, it wouldn’t make sense to train the same way for each one.Your aerobic base is hugely important in your ability to not only complete the event but also to recover quickly after each obstacle and continue to keep jogging.You are never running the full 10 or 16km courses all in one go.The obstacles break up the course and you won’t be doing your 5 or 10k pace in-between either.The main thing you will need is time on the legs.So, if you are able to run a 10k without having to stop, that should see you through the longer courses without much issue.2. The second consideration is your strength level.With the wide range of obstacles throughout these events, you must have a good base of strength.• Use bodyweight exercises• Compound lifts like squats, deadlifts, heavy presses, heavy pulls.• Functional work like prowler pushes, farmers walks, heavy sledge drags, rope slams, tyre flips.• Grip strength for the dreaded monkey bars or rings.Get used to carrying awkward loads on your shoulders, in front of you and on opposite shoulders as you’ll meet something like this in all of these events.If you have it done in training, it won’t be as big a shock when you have to do it.3. The next consideration is your speed and agility workMost people who take part in these events are doing it for fun and just to complete the course.So, adding in some short sprints, cone drills and exercises like burpees etc., will be enough to see you through the event.The sprints will be essential for dodging snipers and getting used to quick turns for your ankles and knees can be added in to prepare ahead of time.4. The last consideration is your mobility work.The length of the course, the type of the terrain, mud, water, walls, crawling, running, walking and sprinting all take its toll on you over the length of the event.Keeping yourself mobile and flexible, especially around the hips and lower back will reduce the chances of injury and allow you to complete the course and also to compete in the next event when it comes around.If in doubt, always remember the 5 P’s• Proper• Preparation• Prevents• Poor• Performance.There you have it; an outline to how you would plan out your mud run to help you to finish the course with ease.#summershapeIf you would like to take part in one of these events, we regularly take groups to them and our Lean in 2019 program is perfect for these events.Our next phase of classes starts on August 6th and you can pre-book your place now through the link below.BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW!DD Fitness: How to train for a mud run? was last modified: November 25th, 2019 by Emmet RusheShare 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

first_imgTjaronn Chery’s well taken goal and Junior Hoilett’s penalty put QPR in a commanding position at Loftus Road.Chery, recalled to the starting line-up by boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, struck 10 minutes before half-time – his sixth goal of the season and second in three matches.James Perch pulled the ball back from the left and Chery showed great composure to steady himself and fire low into the far corner.And Hoilett doubled the lead from the spot four minutes later after Sebastian Polter had been brought down by Michael Morrison.Polter, preferred to Conor Washington up front, turned away from Paul Robinson and Morrison was arguably fortunate to escape with just a yellow card after bringing down the German as he was about to shoot.Earlier, Chery’s deflected shot flashed narrowly wide and Birmingham’s David Cotterill fired wide after being picked out by Jacques Mahoma.QPR: Smithies, Onuoha, Angella, Hall, Perch, Henry, Luongo, Phillips, Chery, Hoilett, Polter.Subs: Ingram, El Khayati, Konchesky, Tozser, Washington, Petrasso, Faurlin.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgSETI researchers must be getting bored sitting around waiting for a message.  To bide the time, some have come up with a game called “Active SETI” – sending our messages to the aliens.  It’s not that this game hasn’t been played before.  The Pioneer and Voyager spacecraft each carried messages from earthlings, and the Arecibo radio telescope beamed a signal in 1974 to a star cluster.  Besides, our TV programs, since long before Lost in Space, have leaked into interstellar space at the speed of light, at least until cable TV came along.    Nature discussed Active SETI seriously this week.1  The opening paragraph underscored the split between SETI researchers and normal people: “One of the strengths of the community involved in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence – known as SETI – is its imaginative capacity to take seriously things that most people dismiss out of hand.”  But their sympathies were not with the normal folk, but with the SETI researchers – even if some admonishment was in order.  Though not opposed to sending messages, the editors regarded the risks as serious enough to warrant a meeting of the minds: “It is not obvious that all extraterrestrial civilizations will be benign, or that contact with even a benign one would not have serious repercussions.”  (Think Darth Vader.)    Next day, Science Magazine included a short news bit about Active SETI in its Random Samples weekly feature.2  If the Editors of Nature are worried about the risks, it’s too late.  A French broadcasting company has already spilled the radio beams.  On Sept. 30, the French Center for National Space Studies beamed up a TV program intended for our ET friends (assuming that they are friends, who only want to serve man).  ARTE, a French-German TV station, produced the show Cosmic Connexion and encouraged viewers to send their own messages along for the ride.  If it’s any consolation to the editors of Nature, the targeted sun-like star could not receive the show till 2051, and then there is the return trip to factor in if any terrorists at the star Errai will be tuning in.    If some 1970-era taxpayers were offended at Carl Sagan’s Pioneer plaque, which depicted, in etched outlines on a gold-anodized aluminum plate, a naked man and women gesturing peace, well, we’ve come a long way, maybe.  In order to appeal to modern alien tastes (as well as those of neo-Euro onlookers of the Year 2006), the show produced by Cargo Films brought the ambassadors to life as show hosts – dressed only in white paint.  Presumably the communication needed to include body language.  “The Pioneer couple already went into the cosmos,” a co-director rationalized, “so they seemed like the best to send again.”  If no one lives at Errai, though, our ambassadors will have been all dressed up with nowhere to go.1Editorial, “Ambassador for Earth: Is it time for SETI to reach out to the stars?”, Nature 443, 606(12 October 2006) | doi:10.1038/443606a.2Random Samples, “Galactic Broadcasting,” Science, Volume 314, Number 5797, Issue of 13 October 2006.The secularists never hesitate to ridicule, mercilessly, any Christian or creationist who shows the slightest hint of beliefs they consider foolish.  No comment.Except, begging your pardon, that there was once a certain Emperor in similar attire (01/31/2003).(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_img27 January 2012 South Africa is working towards a thriving mixed economy that is integrated into the southern African region and African continent as a whole, President Jacob Zuma said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday. “In June last year,” Zuma told a gathering of South African businesspeople, “26 African countries signed an agreement to create a free trade area that covers more than half of Africa. “By June 2014, nearly 60 percent of the economy of Africa will be a single free trade area, covering the Southern African Development Community, the East African community and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa.”Towards job-creating growth Zuma told the businesspeople that the government’s economic transformation programme meant “[continuing] to work towards achieving a thriving mixed economy, premised on creating inclusive employment-creating growth. “This is an economy where the state, private capital, cooperative and other forms of social ownership work together, complementing each other to foster shared economic growth and eliminate poverty.” As part of the country’s efforts to alleviate poverty in the short term, the government was supporting employment creation through public works programmes which have proven to be effective in providing short-term jobs, while close to 15-million South Africans receive grants. “Our social assistance programme creates a caring society. We are improving the economic situation and working towards finding means to provide able-bodied grant recipients with skills to help them become independent. “With regards to youth support, government has directed that the number of public-sector internships be increased to 60 000 positions by 2013. This will expand the number of public internships more than tenfold.”‘Real challenges’ South Africa, after hosting the United Nations’ COP 17 climate change conference in December, was also working to achieve a sustainable economy that was not harmful to the environment or the health of its people. “We are proud of our progress so far in shaping a new model of economic governance and growth – one that is dynamic, sustainable and increasingly inclusive. “That is not to play down the very real challenges that we face,” Zuma said, adding that the South African economy could not be sustained unless more was done to address social ills and economic exclusion. “We must also develop strategies for managing the instability of the global economy,” Zuma added. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more