…only executed $12.5B for first halfThe Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest) is expecting $107 billion in investments by the end of this year, but figures from that agency demonstrate that only $12.5 billion in projects have been executed for the first six months.Chief Executive Officer of GO-Invest, Owen Verwey, made this announcement on Thursday while noting that while it is indeed a slow start, most of the projects which would reach in benchmark amount are in the pipeline to be executed in the latter part of the year. For the 20 investment agreements that were completed, 12 of them are said to be local, five are foreign, and three are joint ventures.“The agency expects to facilitate or work on investment-related activities somewhere around the $107 billion mark for the year. From January to June, we facilitated and executed a $12.5 billion in investments. Those numbers reflect a slower start than expected. There are quite a few projects that are in the pipeline that we have been entertaining and facilitating discussions with.”So far, a number of projects have been approved, which will add to the future investments. Upon approval, the projects are referred to other partnering agencies, which will complete their part.Verwey divulged that some partnerships have been established among the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GL&SC), the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) and the BusinessChief Executive Officer of GO-Invest, Owen VerweyMinistry.He further said, “The Guyana Revenue Authority and GO-Invest work in partnership to deal with investment incentives as (they) relate to the exemption of import duties and taxes, and as (they) relate to fiscal incentives for tax holidays and other things like that.”Over 500 potential investors or exporters were mentioned as those who are seeking assistance to execute their trade and for the projection assumptions, it is expected that investments will be made in the agriculture sector, since agro-processing businesses are on the increase. Nine local businesses in this sector have been supported, and the aforementioned five foreign projects were are also within this sector.Additionally, the agency is under the assumption that the decision taken by Barama Company Limited to end its forestry operations would result in the availability of that concession to investors. As such, investments are in process.From discussions with the NICIL-SPU regarding the privatisation of lands from the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) estates, GO-Invest is expecting that there will be accommodation for private bargaining in the four estates, since these efforts will be exceeding in the second half of 2018.Meanwhile, more shore-based activities and local participation of business in the oil and gas sector are anticipated. When asked about the areas which were of interest to foreign investors, Verwey highlighted that many are interested in the acquisition of temporary lands. However, he was uninformed of the zones which might be of interest.“One of the big areas is land. They are looking for land for their operation, and in some cases the land is not permanent. They need it for two to three years only, and after that something different. At this stage, they need the land for the piping and other related activities.”The GO-Invest CEO posited that there has been a continuation in the amount of investments that were made throughout the years, and the figure continues to increase by a positive fraction.“It continues on a trend that started and we thought would’ve either slowed or stabilised between 2017 and 2018, but it continues to increase significantly. Interest is strong, and people are continuing to look into this direction for investment opportunities,” he explained.One of the challenges being faced right now is manufacturers not being standardized, or the other necessary requirements that are important to an emerging oil and natural gas sector.Up to this time, 47 businesses have been matched with foreign clients for the supply of gold, diamond, coffee, coconut oil, heart of palm, peppers, fruit pulp and clay bricks in exports for the time being magnified.In 2017, the agency had projected some $154 billion, which was estimated to create some 5,725 jobs.
…in civil suit against Region 5 REOBy Shemuel FanfairThree of 30 farmers in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) have taken the district’s Regional Executive Officer (REO) Ovid Morrison to court after their farm lands were bulldozed and several cash crops cut down over the last few months. The three claimants – Krishna Sewlall, Kristopher Sewnarine and Kaleel Jameer – are seeking over $10 million in damages for what they contend was the unlawful destruction of their property.The farmers are occupying land in the Tract 3 ‘X’ of Block ‘1A’ and Tract ‘Y’, portion of Plantation of Naarstigheid, being part of Bath, West Coast Berbice (WCB). They retained the services of Attorney Anil Nandlall who filed a Statement of Claim application on behalf of his clients at the High Court on Tuesday.According to court document obtained by this publication, many of the farmers have been occupying the land since 1989 and were granted a two-year lease for 1.4 acres in the March 2000 under the Social Impact Amelioration Project (SIMAP) for large-scale farming. They claimed that since the expiration of their lease they developed the said property, cured the soil and prepared it for farming.As part of their case, it was cited that they were the beneficiaries of grants or other financial aid from various international organisations that they used to develop new systems of farming infrastructure and farmhouses on the said land. Sewlall, Sewnarine and Jameer said they never gave anyone permission to enter, clear, farm or build on the property.However, the Region Five REO in October 2016 requested that some 50 farmers, including the three claimants, vacate their WCB farmland. More than that, they observed that Morrison threatened to bulldoze the crops and forcibly eject them from the land.Upon being threatened, they contacted Attorney Nandlall who wrote the REO in a letter dated November 3, 2016, which highlighted that some of his clients built dwellings and other permanent structures on the land. It added that the regional administration disassociated itself from Morrison’s actions and that he, Nandlall, advised his clients to use reasonable force to defend their crops and properties.The attorney also advised the farmers to report the matter to the Fort Wellington Police Station. This letter was copied to several Government Ministers, including Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan and then acting Police Commissioner, David Ramnarine.Regional Chairman Vickchand Ramphall also received a copy of Nandlall’s letter and after the farmers made several complaints to him, he wrote the REO in a letter dated March 21, 2018, where he observed that crops were being destroyed by an excavator on Morrison’s orders. Ramphal urged him to desist from the practice so that the farmers could provide for their families. He informed Morrison that the Region Five RDC never made a decision to evict farmers.The court documents also revealed that in April 2018, agents linked to Morrison “unilaterally decided” to enter the said farmland the three claimants occupied and cleared a portion of the land, cutting down several cash crops including sweet peppers, lettuce, eschalot, plantain, calaloo and banana plants. Thereafter on August 6, 2018, two excavators entered the land and flattened another portion.The claimants added that on August 7, 2018, the REO’s agents entered again and destroyed Krishna Sewlall’s wooden farmhouse valued $300,000. Kristopher Sewnarine’s farmhouse was also destroyed and that building was valued $800,000. Sewlall is seeking special damages of $3,254,000 for his destroyed crops and farmhouse, while Sewnarine wants Morrison to pay him $950,000 for his losses. Meanwhile, Jameer is seeking $1,170,000 from the REO. The special damages claim amounts to $5,374,000 while the general damages claim requests in excess of $5,000,000 for trespass.“The defendants wrongfully continue to bulldoze and flatten the land, damaging valuable crops and depriving the claimants of their property, livelihood and only source of income,” a section of the legal document stated.Nandlall has petitioned for an injunction to restrain Morrison and his agents, representatives or officers from continuing to enter, occupying, bulldozing the claimants’ use of the WCB farmland. He added that Morrison is “guilty of trespass and damage to property and [has] caused the claimants great loss, damage, great anguish and mental distress.”
The 2008 Outdoor 3D Provincial Shoot-Out was in Fort St. John this past weekend. Shooters came from all over to attend the top tourney in the province, and the Fort St. John New Totem Archery club did themselves proud. Overall there were over 50 archers in the field, with 8 of them going on to represent the province at Nationals which are happening in Dauphin Manitoba this year-Congrats to Darren Mulroney, Samantha Wright, Al Campsoll, Wayne Lohee, James Kelly, Dave Carlton, Steve Wilson, and Ken Bow for being those 8. Thank you to everyone who made this past weekend a success, from the volunteers, to the sponsors, to the shooters, to just about everyone and their dog. – Advertisement –
BIRTHDAY: Donegal captain and talisman Michael Murphy is celebrating his 27th birthday today. Murphy is one of the greatest ever players this county has produced, and at 27 has already won three Ulster SFC titles – and captained Donegal to All-Ireland glory in 2012. He celebrates his 27th birthday today, but we all know what present the Glenswilly man wants more than anything.That’s a victory over Dublin on Saturday of course, which would send Donegal into the semi-finals of the All-Ireland series.Pundits and GAA commentators are predicting a resounding win for Dublin, but remember 2014?We flipped the script that day, and we can do that again on Saturday to set up a clash with Kerry later this month. With Michael Murphy in our team, anything is possible, he’s just that good!No birthday cake until Saturday night! 🙂Donegal captain celebrates his 27th birthday today! was last modified: August 4th, 2016 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:27thbirthdayCaptainGAAMichael MurphySportTalisman
Sinn Féin’s Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said the government must stop stalling on the Banking Inquiry and lay out its plans this week.The Deputy has written to An Taoiseach today urging him not to kick the Inquiry into the long grass.Deputy Doherty told Donegal Daily: “The Oireachtas has passed the legislation to allow for a banking inquiry. Earlier this summer the country was rocked by the details of the Anglo tapes which only emerged some five years after the banking crisis. “The time has come for the government to invite all parties to sit down and hammer out the terms of references for the inquiry.“It is clear that there is no excuse for delays and that the government must meet with the parties and lay out its plans. There is an overwhelming public interest in moving swiftly and setting up an inquiry which will get to the truth as quickly as possible. Sinn Fein wants to see that process underway immediately.“There are many current and former members of the Dáil who have more information than they have disclosed regarding the events around the banking guarantee. All such information needs to be put in the public domain.“For these reasons I have today written to An Taoiseach urging him to proceed without delay in calling the parties together so we can move forward on this inquiry which the public are not prepared to see kicked into the long grass.” DOHERTY TELLS TAOISEACH: ‘TIME TO STOP STALLING ON BANK INQUIRY’ was last modified: August 29th, 2013 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:banking crisisDOHERTY TELLS TAOISEACH: ‘TIME TO STOP STALLING ON BANK INQUIRY’donegal daily newsPearse Doherty
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “We plan to stay,” he said. “God will provide. We’ll say a prayer, turn it over to him and he provides. It’ll all work out.” The daunting fiscal math of the Dream Home – even if you survive the initial tax crunch, there’s the annual expense of local property taxes, plus maintenance and upkeep – has kept all but two of the nine winners from ever living in their homes. In 2006, the prize package includes $250,000 from Charlotte-based Lending Tree to help the winner with the tax bill. But HGTV spokeswoman Emily Yarborough emphasizes that the network still doesn’t expect winners to actually live in the Dream Home. “He (Cruz) is not losing money,” she said during an interview on the patio of the Lake Lure home. “It’s just his idea of the dream is wrapped up in that house. Whereas our vision of the dream is that it enables you to do what you want to do.” That’s a notion seconded by Kathi Nakao, the 2004 winner, who spent several extended vacations at the home she won in St. Mary’s, Ga., before selling it in July. LAKE LURE, N.C. – Go ahead and dream. That’s what Home and Garden Television’s annual Dream Home contest is all about. Just don’t get too attached to the idea that you’ll actually live in the 2006 grand prize, a 5,700-square-foot traditional-style mountain home perched atop a ridge in the Blue Ridge foothills near Lake Lure. Even if you’re lucky enough to have the winning entry out of the more than 40 million expected to pour in between Sunday’s start of the contest and the Feb. 17 deadline, you might find that taking up residence is prohibitively expensive. The contest’s 2005 winner, Don Cruz, moved from suburban Chicago to Tyler, Texas, to take possession of his dream home, a lakefront property valued at $1.5 million, plus furnishings. But taxes on his winnings are expected to total more than $650,000, and local officials slammed the door on Cruz’s plan to pay his bills by renting the boathouse and a master bedroom. In a recent interview, Cruz said he’s still living in the house in Tyler and has no plans to leave, even as April 15 looms. “Ordinary people cannot keep a home like that,” she said from Sacramento, Calif., where she lives. “I think it’s meant to change your life, more than that they (HGTV) expect you to keep it.” The twist to the Dream Home competition is that unlike a cash lottery, what attracts millions of entries is not a vague dream of wealth, but the tangible reality of the home itself. Starting Sunday, the Lake Lure house’s assets will be shown off during several hours of HGTV programming, climaxing with a live broadcast April 22 in which one of three finalists will be given the key to the home. Hopeful entrants can take 360-degree Internet tours of its rooms; the truly eager can even travel to Lake Lure and walk through the house. The combined effect is a depiction of a lifestyle as detailed as the picture on the Pioneer Elite plasma television that hangs in the home’s game room: A life that includes a wine cellar, an exercise room and your own sauna. “You start imagining, salivating, fixating on that home,” said Anthony Pratkanis, a professor of social psychology at the University of California at Santa Cruz. “It’s a ‘phantom fixation’ – an unavailable alternative that looks real. … The contest plays along with it.” The same principle – a fantasy seemingly made real by its details – is central to much advertising, pornography and many a con scheme, Pratkanis said. Fantasy or not, the contest has been a real-world smash for HGTV since the first Dream Home, in Jackson Hole, Wyo., was given away in 1997. It generates hours of wintertime programming and is popular with sponsors who like the buzz and product placement it offers. Atlanta-based Land Resource Companies is the developer of Grey Rock at Lake Lure, the 4,000-acre community to be built around this year’s Dream Home. For the company, it’s a return engagement – the Georgia house won by Nakao two years ago was also in one of its developments. Spokesman Cameron McLemore said Grey Rock received 6,000 inquiries the day it was announced as a Dream Home site; meanwhile, St. Mary’s, Ga., is still getting HGTV-driven inquiries two years after its Dream Home was given away. Nakao’s own story offers an illustration of how the contest hits the sweet spot for the network, its audience and its sponsors. In 2003, she happened to turn on HGTV and “catch a program that was showing some furniture.” “I said, ‘I’d like to get that kind of furniture,”‘ Nakao said. “And they explained they had given it away in the Dream Home.” The following Jan. 1, she watched as the 2004 Dream Home was unveiled. Later, she took an Internet tour. And 11 of that year’s approximately 36 million entries were hers – including the winning one (contestants can submit one Internet entry per day and as many mail entries as they want). Nakao spent 29 years working for the finance department of the California state government; with an accounting background, she knew as soon as she won the home that she would not be able to keep it. “I never let myself get where I thought I was going to stay there forever,” she said. With the money from its sale, she said, she paid the taxes on her prize and financed a renovation of her Sacramento home. She and her husband gave money to a local charity and helped their children. Nakao also bought herself a coveted 1956 Chevrolet hot rod. “That’s my prize,” she said. “I truly believe that HGTV is doing something great and they’re doing it to change your life for the better,” she said. “It’s a roller-coaster ride, but I was at the top of it for a long time – and I still am.” She has followed media accounts of Don Cruz’s effort to live in his Dream Home with sympathy. “When they were moving there, I felt so sorry for them, because I thought, ‘Oh, you just don’t know. You just don’t know what it entails to keep a property like that,”‘ she said. “Hopefully they’ll be able to sell it and have their own, smaller version of a dream home.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Convoy schoolgirl Mikaela Breen will be starting her road to recovery after undergoing spinal surgery in the UK today.The 8-year-old is said to be safe and sound with her parents Chris and Sinead after the first major step of her treatment was completed this afternoon.Mikaela is a bubbly little girl who was born prematurely and diagnosed with Spina bifida lipomyelomeningocele. To avoid further debilitation, her family were forced to fundraise for specialist surgery, and she has since received huge levels of support from all across the northwest and beyond. The prayers of hundreds of well-wishers were with Mikaela today, including her Scoil Bhride Convoy classmates, as she underwent the vital procedure at Alder Hey in Liverpool.Mikaela’s mum Sinead shared the positive news this afternoon:“Mikaela is out of recovery and back with us. The surgery went great. They knew it was an extremely complex case but when they started was even more complex than MRI’s can show so they couldn’t do everything, but we are ecstatic that we have our pause button and our baby girl is back safe and sound.“This hospital and in particular her neurosurgery team are incredible. Chris and I are so so grateful for all the prayers and well wishes for Mikaela.” Sinead and Mikaela BreenSinead’s news of the successful surgery outcome has been met with delight from family and friends. Over the last number of months, the wish to help transform Mikaela’s life brought a community together to raise almost €38,000, surpassing the GoFundMe target of €35,000 this month.Featured photo by Clive WassonRelief as brave Mikaela’s surgery is a success was last modified: January 31st, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Mikaela BreenMobilize for Mikaelasurgery
Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez praised Fernando Torres following the Blues’ 8-0 thrashing of Aston Villa.Torres’ early opener – a great header from Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross – was the striker’s seventh goal in six matches.And Benitez told Sky Sports: “We were talking to Cesar Azpilicueta about this – about putting the ball there for Fernando and it was a great header.“He just needed a little confidence. For strikers that is key. He was working hard for the team before but now we are playing well and he has more chances to score.“The main thing is to win games not to score goals. If we keep doing that everything will be easier.”More reaction to follow later.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Eureka >> Through 10 innings in a loss to the Fairfield Indians Friday evening, the Humboldt B52s could only muster one run.It took all of four batters for them to equal that output on Saturday.Sparked by first baseman Jeff Giacomini’s banner day at the plate, the Bombers pounded the Indians for 16 runs on 15 hits in a dominant 16-6 seven-inning victory on Saturday evening at Bomber Field in Eureka.Less than 24 hours after being shut down by Indians pitcher Sean Jackson in a 2-1 extra-inning …
11 December 2013 It has been almost a week since Nelson Mandela’s passing. For some South Africans, the reality that their beloved former president is no more finally sank in on Wednesday, when they saw his mortal remains at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Mandela’s body lay in state at the newly renamed Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre, where Madiba was inaugurated as South Africa’s first democratically elected president in 1994, from 8am to 5.30pm on Wednesday, under the watchful eyes of the national ceremonial guard of the SA National Defence Force. People arrived at the Union Buildings in their numbers in the early hours of the morning in order to be among the first to view Mandela’s body, queuing patiently while Mandela’s family, close friends, government ministers and world leaders paid their respects. The first group of people to file past Mandela’s mortal remains emerged with mixed feelings, ranging from sadness to a deep sense of gratitude.‘Lying there, saying nothing’ Mirriam Mncube, 68, from Sausville said that although she was sad that her hero had passed, she was also happy that Mandela was finally resting, as he had been sick for a long time. “I was very sad when I looked at him lying there, saying nothing, and it was difficult for me to accept that it’s the same man who was full of life,” Mncube said. “However, I’m happy I’ve come, because I wouldn’t have peace if I didn’t have this opportunity. “This is the place where we all came to celebrate his inauguration, and I’m happy that government also chose this place and gave us an opportunity to say our goodbyes,” Mncube said. Portia Qubeka from Orlando West and her friend, Kuki Kgaphola, from Hillbrow in Johannesburg, said they struggled to sleep on Tuesday night after watching the official memorial service for Mandela. Speaking to SAnews at the Pretoria Show Grounds after returning by bus from the Union Buildings, Qubeka said: “We were watching the memorial service on TV and just told ourselves that we are going to Pretoria tomorrow. That was the best decision we’ve made and we are happy after seeing him. ‘I was tempted to touch the coffin’ “It looked like he was going to wake up and smile at us,” Qubeka added. “I was even tempted to touch the coffin, but the police wouldn’t have allowed it. “After seeing him, the mood inside the bus changed,” Qubeka continued. “It was so quiet, and no one spoke until we arrived back here. On our way to the Union Buildings, we were all singing and celebrating his life, but now we are convinced that he is gone and we can find peace.” Johannes Moabolo from Atteridgeville said he was not looking forward to Sunday, the day of Mandela’s funeral in Qunu in the Eastern Cape. “I’m so sad and miss him already,” said Moabolo, fighting back tears. “It’s going to take some time to get used to life without Madiba, but I’m happy I was fortunate to see him for the last time. “What I’ll miss the most is his beautiful smile and his dance,” Moabolo added. “He was really a God-send, and South Africa was blessed to have him.” Procession, viewing on Thursday and Friday Members of the public will be able to view Mandela’s body from 8am to 5.30pm on Thursday and Friday. His body will be transported in procession from 1 Military Hospital to the Union Buildings each day, and members of the public have been urged to line the route to form a public guard of honour for Mandela. The procession will leave 1 Military Hospital in Thaba Tshwane at 7am on Thursday and Friday, travelling on Old Pretoria Road towards the city, then joining Kgosi Mampuru Road until its intersection with Madiba Street, then proceeding east along Madiba Street towards the Union Buildings. For people wishing to get to the Union Buildings, the City of Tshwane has made park-and-ride facilities available at the Tshwane Events Centre, the LC De Villiers Sports Facility in Hatfield, and the Fountains Valley Park. Members of the public are urged to make use of these services, as access to the Union Buildings to view Mandela’s body will be restricted to people arriving in city buses only. Street vendors have been advised that no trading will be allowed on the roads designated for Mandela’s cortege over the next three days. Shop owners along these routes are also advised to temporarily close shop, given the large number of people expected to line the streets. Source: SAnews.gov.za