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We need to earn more foreign currency

first_imgDear EditorWhile growing plantain and making plantain chips would replace imported plantain chips and save a little foreign currency it would not replace the foreign currency lost through the “downsizing” of Guyana’s sugar industry.While the APNU+AFC Government of President David Granger focuses on saving foreign exchange, it is not focused on gaining foreign currency.This Government has not really thought about Guyana’s oil potential.It has been nearly three years now since oil was discovered offshore Guyana, and we have only had one major investment forum to attract investors to Guyana.Clearly, what the Government can do is to market Guyana’s oil potential a bit better, by travelling abroad to sensitise most of the major oil producing countries to our oil potential — which it has not done.It is good that we have oil, but if we are not going to market and sell the oil, but wait for foreigners to do it for us, then Guyana would remain underdeveloped.It is not just about oil. It is about using the oil discovery to market our other industries, like rice, sugar, bauxite, gold, fisheries, timber, etc. It is about marketing Guyana’s potential.Yours faithfullySean Orilast_img read more

Olato Sam sent packing

first_img… as Ministry begins search for replacementChief Education Officer (CEO) Olato Sam, with immediate effect, will no longer be holding his position and reports are circulating that he may have been booted.Olato SamA source indicated that Sam’s contract had ended and the Education Ministry had chosen not to renew it and so he was sent on his “annual” leave.“We heard that they would not renew his contract and that his removal was overdue,” the source said.The Education Ministry released a statement confirming that he will no longer be functioning “effective immediately” as the CEO since his contracted has ended.“Mr Sam has served the sector with distinction and zeal for the past eight years, five of which he served as CEO. The Ministry wishes to thank Mr Sam for his contributions to the education sector in Guyana and extends best wishes to him for all future endeavours,” the statement read, adding that the position for CEO is expected to be advertised shortly with the hope of finding a suitably qualified candidate by the end of September 2016.Sam was noticeably absent from the Ministry’s press conference earlier this week, during the announcement of Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) results. The CEO would usually present the results but this year, he did not. Instead Acting Chief Education Officer (Nursery), Ingrid Trotman made the presentation.When contacted on Friday, Sam refused on comment on the matter, only stating that he was sent on leave by the Ministry.“I have nothing to say about this… you need to talk to the Minister. I’m officially on leave from the Ministry,” he said.He stated that the allegation of his contract termination should be addressed to the Education Minister. However, when this publication attempted to contact Minister Rupert Roopnaraine on the matter, he was unavailable.Nevertheless, his Public Relations Officer Suelle Williams indicated that Sam was sent on his annual vacation leave.Sam was appointed the CEO of the Ministry in 2011 after serving five years as the Technical Advisor to the Education Minister. He also has a Masters’ Degree in International Education, and has lectured at the University of Guyana’s School of Education and Humanities, the Departments of Foundations and Education Management and Curriculum and Instruction.He has a Bachelor’s Degree in ‘Sociology, Anthropology and Education’ from the Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania.last_img read more

Sierra Leone Spent US$1.6M for 3-Day Lockdown

first_imgThe spokesman of the government of Sierra Leone, Mr. Abdulai Bayraytay, said his government is awaiting the scientific report from the committee responsible for the fight against the Ebola pandemic in that country, before a determination is made on the success of the three-day lockdown.In a telephone interview with a Liberian journalist yesterday, Mr. Bayraytay disclosed that the lockdown,  which started last Friday, was welcomed by the majority and that some are even suggesting that it continues.Mr. Bayraytay was, however, quick to point out that any decision by government to carry out a monthly three-day lockdown as suggested by many residents in the country, will depend on the outcome of the scientific report from field workers used during the lockdown.About 30,000 fieldworkers were trained and deployed throughout the country of  over six million people.Mr. Bayraytay disclosed that the amount of US$1.6 Million was used during the lockdown, with the amount of US$700,000.00 from the coffers of the Government of Sierra Leone, while the rest came from friends of the  country and NGOs.During the lockdown, Mr. Bayraytay said over150 people willingly reported to the nearest holding or isolation centre to be tested.The curfew in Sierra Leone came into force on Friday morning, with most of the country’s six million inhabitants confined to their homes.Around 30,000 medical volunteers travelled to affected neighborhoods to find patients and distribute soap.Deputy Chief Medical Officer Sarian Kamara said authorities had managed to discover 22 new cases of the virus during the curfew.”Had they not been discovered, they would have greatly increased transmission,” he said.He also said between 60 and 70 Ebola victims were buried during the three days of the lockdown, and that the authorities had managed to discover 22 new cases of the virus during the curfew.The three-day curfew is the most aggressive measure yet  taken against the virus by a West African country.Sierra Leone has been one of the countries worst affected by the outbreak, with more than 550 victims among the 2,600 deaths so far recorded.Like Sierra Leone, Liberia is currently battling with the Ebola pandemic, and its citizens and residents are presently observing a 90-day state of emergency declared in August by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UCLA has a Devil of a time before winning

first_imgHowever, the rest of the Bruins combined for 25 points, and power forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, who played with blurred vision after being elbow in the right eye in the first half, was scoreless for the first time in his career. Indeed, moving a half-game ahead of Washington State (22-4, 11-3) in the conference standings proved to be much more trying for a UCLA squad that continues to have difficulty against zone defenses. “We’re not hitting the high post sometimes when we’re open,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “We’re hesitant and tentative, at times, to do that. We can’t be like that. “We have to be not afraid to make mistakes against the zone. It’s like we’re playing on our heels a little bit, and you can’t play like that. You have to play aggressively at both ends.” The Bruins won, but that it took such a rally to beat Arizona State is reason for concern. The Sun Devils (6-19, 0-14) have lost 15 straight and are on the verge of becoming the first team to finish Pac-10 play without a win. ASU has already matched the worst start by a team since the Pac-10 expanded to 10 teams in 1978-79 and can be the first to fall to 0-15 with a loss Sunday to USC. It took an 18-2 run late in the second half and perfect free-throw shooting in the final minute, but the fifth-ranked Bruins survived to reclaim sole possession of first place with a 67-61 defeat of hapless Arizona State in front of 8,071 Thursday at Wells Fargo Arena. Arron Afflalo led UCLA (22-3, 11-2 Pac-10) with 24 points and Darren Collison returned from a one-game absence with a left shoulder injury to score 18. TEMPE, Ariz. – The failure to attack a zone with zest surfaced yet again, and a big-time deficit existed again as well, but so did UCLA’s most enduring quality – poise. And this time it came while facing a potentially nationally embarrassing moment. On the verge of losing to what may become the worst team in Pacific-10 Conference history, the Bruins finally found their defensive prowess and offensive aggression. center_img So when UCLA trailed 49-39 after Antwi Atuahene’s layup with 10:58 to play, it was alarming. “We weren’t particularly playing great defense and we have to do a little bit better job of how we attack the zone,” Afflalo said. “(Defense) is supposed to be our M.O. We have to get rid of those lapses. I can’t pinpoint it for you, but it’s getting pretty late in the season, and (it is) an important part of the season where we’re playing for something. We need to focus.” After ASU took its 10-point lead, UCLA clamped down.ASU’s next field goal came with 44.9 seconds remaining, a banked-in 3-pointer by Christian Polk. Between Atuahene’s basket and Polk’s 3-pointer, the Sun Devils were done in by their own incompetence of ill-advised or rushed shots, failures to recognized mismatches (like Collison guarding center Jeff Pendergraph, who led ASU with 14 points) and silly fouls away from the basket. After playing hesitantly against ASU’s matchup 2-3 zone, Collison began penetrating better and UCLA’s ball movement improved. The urgency also surfaced, and was evident when Josh Shipp sparked the Bruins’ rally with an offensive rebound and dunk off Alfred Aboya’s missed foul shot. Collison followed with a pair of 3-pointers, and he gave the Bruins a 51-50 lead with a nifty off-balance floater in the lane with 5:52 to play. Afflalo finished the run with a 3-pointer as UCLA went ahead 57-51 with 4:12 to play. Afflalo and Shipp then went 10 for 10 from the free throw line in the last 54.1 seconds to ice the victory. “What got us going was Josh’s dunk,” Collison said. “We started to feed off of that. We just felt energized after that play.” But it wasn’t easy, and Mbah a Moute’s right eye was the evidence of how trying this win became. He was elbowed by Pendergraph in the first half, played with blurred vision the rest of the way and sported an abrasion below the eye afterward. “It’s very blurry,” said Mbah a Moute, who went 0 for 6 in 34 minutes. “I just saw the doctor and he said it’s going to be blurry for a little bit and by (today) it should be fine. So I’ll just have to wait. I see blurry. It’s very fuzzy.” brian.dohn@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 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

Palace boost! Zaha OUT of upcoming clash but should make FA Cup final – Pardew

first_img Wilfried Zaha: The Crystal Palace winger has made 42 appearances this season Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew expects Wilfried Zaha to be fit in time for the FA Cup final but has ruled him out of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Stoke.Zaha suffered a buttock injury before the semi-final over Watford last month and aggravated the strain during the Eagles’ 2-1 win at Wembley, causing him to miss last weekend’s defeat at Newcastle.And Pardew has now revealed that Zaha has suffered a muscle tear in the region but is not too concerned over his participation against his former club Manchester United at Wembley in just over two weeks’ time.“There’s no way Wilf will play this weekend,” said Pardew.“We don’t want to risk him. But he may play at Southampton.“Wilf’s a naturally fit guy. He did the injury before the semi-final and we monitored him afterwards and saw there was a slight tear.” 1last_img read more

Diego Godin reportedly agrees new Atletico contract after ‘snubbing’ Man United

first_img possible standings 1 Latest Manchester United News gameday cracker England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Godin celebrates as Atletico Madrid are crowned Europa League champions for 2017/18 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures REVEALED REVEALED smart causal Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade silverware Diego Godin has reportedly agreed a new contract with Atletico Madrid.The 32-year-old defender was the subject of last-minute transfer interest from Manchester United on the UK deadline day last Thursday, but he rejected their advances in favour of his current club. RANKED Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? boost deals IN DEMAND As a result, they have extended his deal, which was set to expire in 2019, and he will now stay at Atleti until 2021, according to Marca.Godin was recently installed as the side’s captain, following the departure of Gabi.He has been at the club for eight years and is a two-time Champions League runner-up. Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielderlast_img read more

MORE THAN 100 TAKE PART IN NAOMH CONAILL 5K – WHERE DID YOU COME?

first_imgMore than 100 people took part in last night’s 5K in Glenties.Naomh Conaill held their annual 5k Road Race Fun Run/Walk last night and once again, it proved to be a very successful and enjoyable evening, despite the weather. Over 100 runners and walkers participated and all enjoyed the route set around the town of Glenties, starting and finishing at the local GAA club.This year the club were delighted to have Kennedys Bar and Restaurant as the sponsor of the 5K, and on their behalf, Kieran Kennedy was on hand to present the prizes.Letterkenny A.C. athlete Ciaran Doherty was first home in the Mens section in an impressive time of 15.29 and Rosses A.C. athlete Helen Mc Cready was first in the Ladies section posting a time of 22.19.Molly Gallagher from Ardara was first home in the under 16 girls in 24.27 and Daniel Gildea was first in the boys under 16 section in 21.06.After the race, all the participants were very well looked after in the clubhouse with the local ladies home baking. A huge thank you to all who helped in the kitchen and to those who baked for the race.A big thank you also goes out to everyone who helped in any way to making the evening a success, especially the local Gardai, marshalls and those who helped with registration.The following is a list of all those who took part and their times.Local girls looking pleased with themselves after completing last night’s 5K in Glenties.Position Time Name1 15.29 Ciaran Doherty 1st Male2 17.47 Eoin Waide3 18.28 Micheal Brennan4 19.07 Michael McLoone5 19.30 Charles McGuinness6 19.38 Patrick Gill6 19.40 James Laverty8 20.00 Ethan O’Donnell9 20.19 Eoin Boyle10 20.28 Joe Boyle11 20.38 Eoghan McGettigan12 20.52 Dermot Ward13 20.59 Garret O Donnell14 21.06 Daniel gildea 1st u16 Boy15 21.14 James Boyle16 21.15 Nick North17 21.36 Patrick Trimble18 21.41 Aaron Thompson19 21.49 David McDyre20 21.58 Paul McGuinness21 22.15 Joseph Shankey22 22.19 Helen McCready 1st Female23 22.25 Gerry Friel24 22.30 Pat Byrne25 22.47 John Omalley26 22.57 Eamon Doherty27 23.03 Jimmy White28 23.04 Katie North29 23.18 David Keeney30 23.33 Dermot Gallagher31 23.49 Tony Byrne32 23.53 Sean Doherty33 23.54 Peter Duddy34 24.00 Eamon Bonner35 24.23 Martin Regan36 24.23 AJ Gallagher37 24.26 Sean Coughlan38 24.27 Molly Gallagher 1st u16 Girl39 24.28 Philip Gallagher40 24.40 Aileen McGeehan41 24.40 Patricia Hegarty42 24.41 Connie Doherty43 24.59 Sean Cunningham44 25.27 John McCleen45 25.42 John Ward46 25.47 Rory Morrow47 25.48 Jamie Molloy48 25.50 Micheal Morrow49 26.25 Patrick Larry50 26.44 Tiernan Ward51 26.50 Angela Trimble52 27.00 Conor Farrell53 27.01 Robbie Farrell54 28.03 Robbie McDonnell55 28.05 Maria Bonner56 28.12 Packie Bonner57 28.24 Bridget McGeehan58 28.28 Jack Boyle59 28.43 Grainne McMonagle60 29.10 Sinead Boyle61 29.18 Phoebe North62 29.35 Caroline Ward63 29.35 Catriona Furey64 29.50 Veronica McLoone65 30.15 Daithi Molloy66 30.37 Stephen McDevitt67 30.40 Micky O’Donnell68 30.46 Stephen Coughlan69 31.12 Kate Morgan70 31.15 Mark McDevitt71 31.15 Shay Malone72 31.15 Oran Doherty73 31.20 Donnacha Malone74 31.21 Andy Malone75 31.22 Dolores McMonagle76 31.24 Joe Gallagher77 31.49 Kieran McDevitt78 33.04 Erica Hegarty79 33.28 Patricia McMonagle80 33.40 Shauna McNelis81 33.50 Laura Furey82 34.18 Alicia Kee83 34.19 John McSwiggan84 34.58 Darren Whelan85 35.00 Marie McGill86 35.07 Adam Duddy87 35.17 Lisa Gallagher88 35.18 Patricia Molloy89 35.19 Pauline Gallagher90 35.57 Catriona Shankey91 36.02 Niamh Brown92 36.26 Maria McDermott93 36.31 Brid McLoone94 36.35 Evelyn Quinn95 36.37 Conan Brannigan96 36.59 Emer McDevitt97 36.59 Kathleen McDevitt98 37.09 Emily McDevitt99 38.40 Emma McDevitt100 40.23 Isabella Sweeney101 40.23 Ailbhe Doherty102 40.23 Cora Doherty103 40.23 Dervla Hegarty104 40.43 Mark McDevitt105 43.32 Dermot Hegarty106 43.40 Gerard Odonnell107 43.44 Pat Ward108 43.45 Danny Brown109 43.50 Mary Gallagher110 43.51 Imelda Gallagher111 43.52 Catherine McGinty112 45.38 Leon Gallagher-McDyre113 45.39 Mary Gallagher114 46.15 Louise Molloy MORE THAN 100 TAKE PART IN NAOMH CONAILL 5K – WHERE DID YOU COME? was last modified: July 17th, 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:donegalGlentiesNaomh Conaill 5Klast_img read more

Motorist has lucky escape after car ends up on top of crash barriers

first_imgA motorist has escaped serious injury after colliding with crash barriers on the outskirts of Letterkenny this morning. The motorist struck the barrier and his car became impaled on the safety measures approximately 300 yards past O’Donnell Park heading towards Conwal Graveyard.The man was trapped in his car but was communicating with emergency staff. The crash happened at approximately 7.35am.The outbound lane from Letterkenny is partially blocked but incoming traffic is passing the scene.     Motorist has lucky escape after car ends up on top of crash barriers was last modified: September 26th, 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

SA to spend R2m on rooibos research

first_img25 January 2012 Sapa The South African Rooibos Council has set aside a budget for the research. The research, which will include examining the anti-ageing, anti-obesity and cancer-preventing properties of the tea, will be conducted this year, the newspaper reported. South African researchers will conduct a R2-million research project in a bid to scientifically showcase the soothing, disease-prevention and weight-loss properties of rooibos tea, The Star reported on Wednesday.center_img The University of Stellenbosch biochemistry department research team, led by Professor Amanda Swart, found that the tea contains components that can help alleviate stress and anxiety. There is a “long held belief” that a cup of rooibos tea helps one relax and cope better with stress. The team has already identified two rare components of rooibos – aspalathin and nothofagin – that contribute to the stress-lowering effect. These findings were published last year.last_img read more

Invest in Africa, Zuma tells business

first_img8 May 2013 President Jacob Zuma, addressing the South Africa-Nigeria Business Forum in Cape Town on Tuesday, encouraged South African companies to do more business in Nigeria and on the continent. Zuma told the high-profile gathering of South African and Nigerian government and business leaders that the government had put a number of measures in place to support outward investments by local companies, including the relaxation of cross-border financial regulations and tax requirements. Noting that similar measures applied to foreign companies wanting to invest in African countries using South Africa as their base, Zuma said the South African Reserve Bank had over the last few years approved nearly a thousand “large investments” into 36 African countries. Tuesday’s forum, hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry, coincided with the state visit of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, and also preceded Wednesday’s opening of the World Economic Forum on Africa meeting in Cape Town. Earlier on Tuesday, Jonathan and Zuma held talks in Cape Town, after which Nigeria and South Africa signed a raft of cooperation agreements. Jonathan, also addressing the business forum, said it was imperative for Africa’s two biggest economies to work together for the advancement of the continent. Zuma echoed this, saying South Africa and Nigeria needed “to work together and complement each other, to push an African agenda which puts regional economic integration, economic and infrastructural development at the forefront. “Already, the economic linkages are encouraging,” Zuma said, with over 100 South African companies currently doing business in Nigeria, and a number of Nigerian companies having shown “keen interest” in investing in South Africa. The two countries set up a bi-national commission in 1999, at the same time signing a bilateral trade agreement and a promotion and protection of investment agreement. Zuma told the forum that Jonathan’s visit, and the World Economic Forum on Africa meeting, both came at a time when the outlook for the continent was highly positive. “Over the last decade, six of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies were in Africa,” Zuma said, and sub-Saharan Africa, with an expected annual growth of five percent, was projected to continue its move from a developing region to a hub of global growth. The process of establishing a continental free trade area – bringing together the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, the Southern African Development Community and the East African Community – “should encourage the business sector to look even more favourably within the continent for investments”, Zuma said. “This will be Africa’s biggest free trade bloc, with a single continent-wide market estimated to be worth a trillion US dollars. The 26 African countries involved have an aggregate GDP of $860-billion and a combined population of 600 million people.” South Africa and Nigeria had to ensure that their economic success “contributes visibly to the ultimate goal of a successful and prosperous continent,” Zuma said. “As the business community in the two countries, you have our full support. We urge you to invest in the continent, and more directly, in South Africa and Nigeria, and boost African growth and development while obtaining returns on your investment.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more