GBTI launches “Celebrate in Style” Christmas Loan Promotion

first_imgThe Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) has launched an enticing Christmas Loan Promotion that will see lucky customers winning trips to Trinidad, local tourism destinations and a stay at the Marriott Hotel in Georgetown.Staff members of GBTI during the launchCustomers who qualify for any loan of $250,000 and more automatically enter for a chance to win one of the three fabulous prizes along with a Visa Credit Card.At GBTI, staff members understand the needs of the Guyanese populace and they know that every Guyanese loves to enjoy a good Guyanese Christmas.Hence, the Christmas Loan offer is designed not only to ensure that customers and potential customers have a good Guyanese Christmas but to do so in style.“Whether you want to spruce up your home, buy a new home, car or special gifts for your loved ones for the holidays, GBTI is here to make it easy for you to do so,” the Bank stated in a release.The promotion runs from October to December 31, 2018 and can be accessed at any GBTI branch across the country.last_img read more

Money spent on Lindo Creek CoI not wasted – Harmon

first_img…several recommendations not acted uponGovernment is denying that monies spent on the Lindo Creek Commission of Inquiry were a waste of time; even as certain recommendations including those of a financial nature have not been acted upon.Minister of State Joseph HarmonThis acknowledgement was made by Minister of State Joseph Harmon, during a post-Cabinet press conference. According to Harmon, only some of the recommendations that had to do with restructuring the joint services have been implemented.Harmon explained that changes have been made to ensure that more control is kept over the joint services. But there was no word on when compensation for the families of the eight victims, a major recommendation arising out of the CoI, would be paid.“The Commission of Inquiry made several recommendations. Some of those recommendations are administrative in nature. And they have been acted upon at the level of the Guyana Police Force and Guyana Defence Force. Some of them have pecuniary implications and those matters are still to be acted upon.”“But I can say to you when Commissions of Inquiries sit, they make a huge amount of recommendations. For example, the Guyana Public Service Commission of Inquiry made 87 recommendations. And so you have to look at every one of these recommendations and see which ones can be implemented now and which ones can be implemented in the medium and long term.”While Harmon acknowledged the cost of the CoI as exceeding $100 million, he insisted that the money was not wasted as lives were lost and closure was needed.“I don’t consider the expense that we spent on that Commission as a waste. It’s a lot of money indeed. But the value of the lives of every Guyanese, we cannot put a price tag on it. Several Guyanese lives were lost,” Harmon said.Sometime between June 12, 2008, and June 24, 2008, miners Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Compton Speirs, Horace Drakes, Clifton Wong, Lancelot Lee, Bonny Harry and Nigel Torres were shot and killed and their bodies burnt at the Upper Berbice River mining camp, which was being operated by Leonard Arokium.The Lindo Creek CoI was the first of what the coalition Government has said would be a series of inquiries into killings which occurred during a crime wave that began in 2002.The CoI was established to inquire into the circumstances surrounding the killings of the eight miners and to report its findings as well as recommendations to President David Granger. The CoI was completed and handed over since August of last year.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has been critical of the CoI, noting previously that the conduct of the Lindo Creek Commission of Inquiry (CoI) is reminiscent of a Commission hell-bent on achieving a particular outcome – one which points the finger to the armed forces.In particular, Jagdeo had expressed concern over what he said was the slant the CoI was taking and had pointed to the manner in which witnesses were being cross-examined, as though the testimony must fit a particular narrative.last_img read more

Granger’s Petroleum Advisor agrees with Jagdeo

first_img…advocates auctioning off available petroleum blocksPresident David Granger’s Petroleum Advisor, Dr Jan Mangal, has come out publicly in support of the calls by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, and has since called for the auctioning of the available petroleum blocks.Petroleum Advisor Dr Jan Mangal,Dr Mangal was at the time responding to queries raised and published by the Guyana Times and attributed to the Opposition Leader, who this past week raised the matter as a worrying case of cronyism evolving, wherein relatives, friends and associates of Ministers and senior Government functionaries have been incorporated into companies through complex shareholding arrangements, and are applying for exploration and production licences for oil and gas in the blocks still available.Speaking to the need for the available blocks to instead be auctioned off rather than having preferred companies apply, Jagdeo sought to point out that a premium must be considered.Jagdeo suggested that the world-class discovery of oil in Guyana could be compared to a ‘gold shout’, and said the moment oil was discovered, “there is a premium now to owning offshore blocks and getting an exploration or production licence”.The Opposition Leader has since found support in the utterances of Granger’s petroleum advisor, who in a public missive over the weekend said, “The process of one-on-one negotiation, or the open door method, where the Ministry of Natural Resources negotiates directly with the interested party, exposes the country to very real risks of corrupt activities.“There is a very serious risk of corruption with this method, due to the lack of transparency and accountability… Most countries have abandoned this method, as experts recommend against using it. Guyana should no longer be awarding petroleum acreage via one-on-one negotiations after the Liza discovery in 2015,” said Dr Mangal.According to the President’s Petroleum Advisor, as he echoed the sentiments of the Opposition Leader, “After the Liza discovery in 2015, Guyana was in a position to use the method of competitive bidding for the award of leases…The Liza discovery de-risked Guyana, and as a consequence, all the major oil companies recognise that there is oil in the country. Hence all the oil companies will be interested in bidding for leases in a transparent way, which ensures that Guyana incorporates market forces to maximise its share.”Dr Mangal used the opportunity to reiterate that, “the petroleum adviser’s position has consistently maintained that competitive bidding is indeed the best approach for Guyana.”He has since called the public’s attention to a direct correspondence from May 2017 with one such oil company attempting to acquire acreage via one-on-one negotiation.According to Dr Mangal, that company was advised by him that: “Now that Guyana is on the radar post-Liza, it is my personal view that all future acreage should be leased in a way which maximizes benefit to Guyana, hence in a market-orientated way by an open bid round, to ensure competition. And acreage should not be negotiated one-on-one between the Government and a prospective developer.”According to Dr Mangal, the risk of Government’s friends and family illegally obtaining leases will be significantly reduced if an independently managed and well audited competitive bidding process is used.“There is no rush to award more leases, since Guyana is already occupied with the developments in the Stabroek Block,” Dr Mangal said.Opposition Leader Jagdeo, in similar warnings to that of Dr Mangal – of Government friends and family illegally obtaining leases – had stated that several of the local companies applying for petroleum licences “have no means whatsoever.”According to Jagdeo, those companies he referred to as aligned to Ministers and their families, and some others, cronies, “have no means of finding hundreds of millions of US dollars to do the exploration work.”As such, he opined that the companies in question “will get these blocks and, weeks later, they will sell the blocks without any competitive process being followed”.Jagdeo suggested, too, that even some of the foreign companies that have been making applications had “unhealthy contacts with some Ministers and their surrogates”.The Opposition Leader posited that were these companies to secure licences, there is the possibility of them earning tens of millions of US dollars.He told members of the media that according to industry experts he has been in communication with, “the big companies will just buy these up (licences).”Jagdeo used the opportunity to suggest that were President Granger serious about transparency in the sector, he would shut down the application process and instead have the blocks auctioned off.“The process is not transparent now. They should look at the beneficiaries, the shareholders of these companies; they are very complex now. There are a lot of front people, and they should go to an auction, because now this is a valuable resource.”Jagdeo also reminded that, given the discovery of oil, the blocks could now be sold at a premium.“If you go to an auction, money that the middle men will make will come to the State…so if they auction off these blocks, the companies that will buy it, they don’t have to get middle men who will buy it and sell it to them without any tender in a secret process.”last_img read more

Skateboard hopefuls show their stuff

first_imgVALENCIA – For skateboarders, BMX bikers and in-line skaters at an open audition at Magic Mountain, this weekend is all about making it – nailing tough tricks and trying to earn a spot on the park’s performance “street team.” About nine spots on the new Action Sports Street Team are open, and Six Flags California’s Magic Mountain is billing the posts as the ultimate summer job. On Saturday, amateur and pro skateboarders took turns soaring and spinning through the air in a mini-skate park set up under the shadow of a giant roller coaster. Among the pros showing their stuff – but not trying out for the team – were Chad Knight, Dayne Brummet and Brian Sumner. Brummet, 29, shows off his skateboarding skills in travels across the world. And he has also earned his share of broken bones – everything from his ankles and a knee to his skull and spine. “These days, the biggest difference between the pros and the amateurs is their consistency and if they can do it under pressure,” Brummet said. Announcer Gregg Witt touted the amateurs as much as the pros as a sizable crowd watched from behind a metal fence. Amateur Anthony Janow, 18, got some attention with a bank-to-bank ollie to feeble grind, a nifty trick that involved jumping with his board from one banked incline to another, then sliding along a rail on the metal part between his board’s wheels as the rest of his board hung in midair. “He made that look smooth,” Witt told the crowd. “That was one of the hardest tricks that went down today.” Also getting plenty of attention was Luis De Los Reyes, 16. The Oxnard teen is nicknamed “The Moose”; as he skated, his sisters and girlfriend watched from beyond the fence. But De Los Reyes said he was not auditioning for the Magic Mountain team. “It’s real fun being able to skate and get paid, but it’s just I can’t get a ride out here all the time,” he said. The riders soared through the air, sometimes spinning completely around or grabbing their boards at the same time. In between the tricks, Witt told the crowd some of the history of the pros – how this one was from Liverpool, England, or that one had a home in Brazil. As rock music blasted from loudspeakers, every few minutes a coaster train could be heard speeding along its nearby track. “It’s a lot of concentration they have to put into it,” said Luis Valdivia, 37, who was watching with his son. “It’s just every ride they’re risking their bones, their body.” (661) 257-5253 If you go Auditions for Six Flags Magic Mountain’s New Action Sports Street Team will continue today at the park, 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway. Registration will start at 10 a.m.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

Could you be seen as the terrorist next door?

first_imgI was an ordinary American until Nov. 27, 2006, when I became a terrorist, or more accurately, what I call a “stand-by terrorist.” Perhaps I cannot truly own this newfound nickname until the government decides to prosecute me for word crimes, if that day ever arrives. Until then, I just think of myself as being on stand-by, just as are most – if not all – Americans, whether they realize it or not. You may wonder how words can amount to a terrorist act in the land of the free and home of the outspoken. It is not widely known, but Congress last year passed legislation called the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, which can be used to prosecute civil disobedience and speech as “domestic terrorism” when an animal-related business loses profits and property. The act also protects corporations that pollute and destroy the environment. You may ask: What does this have to do with me because I’m no nature fan or animal lover? Well, it could eventually have very much to do with you because the AETA – a natural child of the Patriot Act – is likely to be the first of many assaults on the social-justice movement in favor of corporations and other moneyed interests. If you think you may want to use your free speech some day to criticize something, anything, then you had better be very concerned. You should also be concerned about whether law enforcement protects you from the bin Ladens of the world or fritters away your hard-earned tax dollars investigating pacifists. The American Civil Liberties Union says the FBI uses “counterterrorism resources to monitor and infiltrate (nonviolent) domestic political organizations that criticize business interests and government policies.” An FBI special agent recently told me that planting undercover agents at legal, peaceful events – with hopes that they will somehow learn about illegal activities – is a favored tactic of the bureau. What are the parameters of AETA and who could be tangled in its web, slapped with prison time and branded a terrorist? Could Oprah Winfrey – the beloved and successful talk show host – and her former vegetarian guest, Howard Lyman, be prosecuted as terrorists if they were to repeat anti-beef comments made to Winfrey’s 15 million viewers in 1996? It is indeed possible, because the AETA is overbroad, vague and subject to the whims of law enforcement. That much was evidenced last year when six young, New Jersey Web site operators became the first individuals convicted on “animal enterprise terrorism” charges. The young people were part of the Stop Huntington Cruelty campaign, which targeted the Huntington Life Sciences animal research labs. The site operators did nothing more than assert their First Amendment rights: They posted videotape of tortured dogs inside HLS and reported the legal and illegal handiwork of activists, which eventually caused the corporation to lose profits and to be dropped from the New York Stock Exchange. The FBI was unable to catch the underground activists, so it targeted the Web site operators, who are serving up to six years in prison for their speech. If the government fails to catch a thief or saboteur, should it be allowed to pursue the CNN reporter who delivers the news? Or an outspoken op-ed columnist? Or six kids from New Jersey with a Web site? The AETA ignores Shakespeare’s recommendation, “Don’t shoot the messenger,” potentially stigmatizing a “speaker” with the most heinous, post-9-11 label in America: terrorist. America is about nothing if it is not about fairness and free speech. The AETA does not comport with this image. It is unjust and unconstitutional, and it interferes with the prosecution of real terrorism against the American people. Once we faced a “red scare”; now we are bombarded with a “green scare.” The time has come to ask yourself: Do you really want to be on stand-by or do you want to take a stand? And are you now, or could you someday be, the terrorist next door? Charlotte Laws, Ph.D., is the author of a chapter of the 2006 book, “Igniting a Revolution: Voices in Defense of Mother Earth.” She is founder and president of the Los Angeles Directors of Animal Welfare and is a member of the Greater Valley Glen Council.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

Owen Wilson said to be joking with friends as he heals

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Wilson and Anderson have worked together for more than a decade, in pictures including “The Royal Tenenbaums.” The 38-year-old Wilson was taken by ambulance to a hospital last week after police responded to a call at his Santa Monica home. The day after he was hospitalized, he issued a statement asking for privacy so he could “receive care and heal.” In “Darjeeling,” Wilson plays a distraught man – bandaged throughout the film – who other characters imply has attempted suicide. Wilson plays one of three brothers who haven’t said a word to each other in a year and who take a train journey across India in an attempt to find themselves and their relationship again. Owen Wilson is doing well as he recovers from an apparent suicide attempt, and is even making colleagues laugh, the director of his latest film said Monday. “Obviously he has been through a lot this week,” said Wes Anderson, who directed Wilson in “The Darjeeling Limited,” one of the films in competition for the Venice Film Festival’s top award. “I can tell you he has been doing very well, he has been making us laugh,” Anderson told a news conference to promote the film. “When he is ready, he’s going to speak for himself much better than any of us could,” the director said. last_img read more


first_imgSister Sara’s have launched ‘student night specials’ as the new academic year swings back into action. The Letterkenny super-pub has been going from strength to strength since re-opening under an innovative and driven new management team.It’s the now go to venue at the weekend, and provides an extensive and diverse range of entertainment which caters for all ages. It’s why its re-established itself as one of the most popular watering holes in Letterkenny.This weekend DJ TUBSY will be rocking the bar on FRIDAY night, while resident house DJ MARTY CURRAN will have the place hopping on Saturday.LIVE sport will be provided on many of their stunning HD Plasma TV’s all weekend, and with great drink promotions available all weekend, it really is the best place to watch the football!For more information on the students nights, and this weekend, check out their Facebook page now. SISTER SARA’S SUPERPUB LAUNCH STUDENT NIGHT SPECIALS was last modified: October 17th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessEntertainmentFeaturesnewsSister Sara’slast_img read more


first_imgThe County U21 Hurling Final (2013!) will take place in the Convoy Centre of Excellence this Saturday at 2:30pm.There had been controversy when the county board had fixed a date in December which one of the teams, St Eunan’s, couldn’t fulfil.But Setanta were keen to play the game – common sense has prevailed, and the 2013 county final will now go ahead on Saturday.  U-21 COUNTY HURLING FINAL (2013!) TO GO AHEAD THIS WEEKEND was last modified: January 2nd, 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:hurling finalSETANTASt EunansU-21last_img read more


first_imgPix: Gabrielle Gallagher, St Mary’s ConvoyWords By Donal O Searcaigh: Development Officer with Donegal Ladies GFA: A Festival of Football was what was on show this morning at St Mary’s GAA club in Convoy, brilliant hosts of the All-County U12 blitz. From 9.30am buses, cars and walkers converged for this county Development Blitz.By 10.05am all teams had signed in and were ready for action,18 clubs teams were ready to do battle for their own clubs honour.After a short briefing on the aims of the Blitz to club coaches we were ready for the off.And at 10.30am on the button we had our first games up and running and in total – through the sun, rain and and wee breeze – we got all 34 games played. Four new young whistlers took charge of all the games –  Jade Leeper from MacCumhaills, Aideen Meehan from Dungloe, Caoimhe MacPhaidin O’Domhnaill from Gaoth Dobhair and Ciaran Gallagher from Naomh Muire.It was great to see new referees starting up and well done!The clubs and Club Coaches are to be complimented for getting their teams there on time and playing some fine sporting games throughout the day.The organising committee did an excellent job in running the competition so well on the day and are to be congratulated.A very special and big THANK YOU must go to the St Mary’s Club in Convoy for the use of their fine sporting facilities and the team of club members who made sure everything was played in a safe and secure environment.It was also great to see our county senior ladies there to cheer on and offer advice to the young stars of the future. Finally the young girls and their families who took part today should be commended – without your commitment to our game we could not have such a great day of football!Mol an Óige!Donal Some of the Donegal Senior Ladies squad were on hand to give encouragement to the teams PICTURE SPECIAL: FESTIVAL OF GIRLS FOOTBALL AT ALL-COUNTY U-12 BLITZ was last modified: July 12th, 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:convoyDevelopment squadDonegal Ladies GFCSt Mary’s GAA clublast_img read more

KZN strengthens Bali connection

first_img29 November 2005A government delegation from the Indonesian province of Bali has arrived in KwaZulu-Natal with plans to cement economic ties between the two provinces.The KwaZulu-Natal premier S’bu Ndebele told the legislature in Pietermartizburg that the delegation would hold discussions with the provincial government and local business people.The delegation arrived on Monday and returns home on Sunday.Their visit forms part of a partnership between the two provinces which was kick-started by Ndebele’s Indonesian trip in July.A memorandum of understanding was signed then, committing the government of Bali to establishing a furniture-making factory in KwaZulu-Natal.“The government of Bali has offered to send some of the expert furniture makers to the province to train local crafters in the art of furniture making,” Ndebele said.He added that the visit would also finalise the establishment of a textile factory, which would create jobs in Pietermaritzburg.The visit comes a few days after a top Italian furniture making company signed a multi-million rand deal with a local crafter.Source:BuaNewslast_img read more