Renewal of investment development dealThe Malaysian-owned Barama Company Limited will by August of this year know its fate as Government willNatural Resources Minister Raphael Trotmandecide whether or not it would continue its operations in Guyana.The company’s 25-year Investment Development Agreement comes to an end in October later this year, and Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman said Government was still to make a decision on the way forward for the company.“Cabinet has given the approval since last year for Government to enter into negotiations with Barama. That has been an ongoing process. We have been meeting pretty often and I hope to lay something before Cabinet by August for its consideration,” the Natural Resources Minister told Guyana Times on Monday.He said following his presentation to Cabinet, a decision would be made.Trotman said Government remained committed and had no difficulties in doing business with foreign companies; however, its criteria were pretty simple.“Respect our laws, respect the people, particularly those who work for you, and respect your agreements that you signed,” he indicated.Government, in February of this year, commenced discussions on the possibility of renewing the $43 billion-dollar investment in Guyana.Late last year, Minister Trotman visited the company’s Buck Hall, Essequibo operations and met with the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Choo Siong Liew; General Manager Mohindra Chand, and Senior Manager with responsibility for Human Resources, Patricia Mingo.During that tour, Chand had reiterated that the company was determined to continue its operations in Guyana, stating that while it was faced with many challenges, it was committed to never closing its operations.Barama’s operations consist of forest management, timber harvesting and manufacturing of various wood-based products such as plywood, sawn timber, and flooring products.The Barama Company established its operations in Guyana in 1991, and is one of Guyana’s biggest employers, employing approximately 1000 Guyanese. It has been allocated some 1.6 million hectares of the State production forest and has been operating the largest forest concession in Guyana.
Court was adjourned yet again for Othman Ayed Hamdan.He is next scheduled to appear in court on December 2nd, through videoconference from Prince George where he is in custody, at 10:30 AM.Hamdan is facing various charges, including 6 counts of counselling to cause bodily harm on behalf of a terrorist group – connected to social media posts he’s alleged to have made between September 2014 and July 2015.- Advertisement -He was arrested and subsequently denied bail in July of this year.
0Shares0000Gor Mahia Jacques Tuyisenge celebrates a goal in a past match with Meddie Kagere. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 29- On Tuesday, during his swearing in at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani, President Uhuru Kenyatta issued a directive that citizens from the East African Community will not need passports to travel into the country nor permits to work in Kenya.The discussion on the same has now been spilled into the local football arena with questions amounting as to whether East African Community players will be regarded as foreign players or not. The EAC is made up of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan and Burundi.Currently, the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) has capped the maximum number of foreign players a club can sign at five and this includes East African community players.“Well, it is something that just happened yesterday and we are yet to know whether or not it is law. As KPL, we operate with the law of the land. We have a Governing Council meeting tomorrow (Thursday) and this will come up in discussion,” KPL’s head of logistics and operations Frank Okoth told Capital Sport.FKF CEO Robert Muthomi and KPL logistics officer Frank Okoth.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn the event that the same is adopted, then it will open up a door for clubs to fish out for more foreign players from the rest of the continent to add on to the huge Ugandan legion that currently plies its trade in the country.AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia who will represent the country at next year’s CAF competitions might see this as an opportunity to strengthen their squads to lift themselves into the same competitive levels as the opponents they will face.“This is a good thing and a bad thing. Clubs with money will now have a chance of signing more players which might be good especially with the CAF Competitions. But on the other side of the coin, it might be suicidal for the national team football and growth of talent in the country,” AFC Leopards chairman Dan Mule said.The same sentiments were shared by KPL’s Okoth who is of the opinion that an influx of players outside the country will water down the growth of local talent.In their current squad, Gor Mahia has one Ugandan, three Rwandese and one Burundian and if the same is effected, their foreign quota will drop down to zero and they will head most likely to West Africa and fish for more players.“You might find that in one instant, a team can field a squad of entirely foreign based players. That is not good for the country,” Okoth warned.AFC Leopards head coach Robert Matano (left) and his assistant Tom Juma during their GOtv Shield match against Bidco United at the Thika sub County Stadium on July 27, 2017.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUAFC Leopards assistant coach Tom Juma also sees this as an impediment to local football, if KPL takes this route.“The national team will be hurt in the long run. If we have less players playing in the top league, then we won’t have good players for the national team. I believe we have enough talent in Kenya and we should not flood in more foreign players. Let’s build our players,” Juma, a former Kenyan international said.An example where this is implemented is in Europe where players from the European Union are not regarded as ‘foreigners’ and teams can sign as many as they wish. It is more profound in the English Premier League which has attracted many players due to its commercial appeal.The Football Association (FA) had brought this up for discussion a while ago, with their main concern being around their national team.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Japan stuns Colombia 2-1. Photo/GETTY ImagesSARANSK, Russia, June 19 – Yuya Osako exacted sweet revenge for Japan on Tuesday as the Blue Samurai beat Colombia 2-1, becoming the first Asian side ever to beat a South American team at the World Cup.Osako’s 73rd-minute winner meant the Japanese avenged their 4-1 mauling in the group stages of Brazil 2014 as Colombia played with a man down for 86 minutes in Saransk. After leaving Brazil without a win four years ago, Japan made a dream start to their Russian campaign even though head coach Akira Nishino was only appointed in April.In an explosive start to the Group H clash, Colombia defender Carlos Sanchez earned the first red card of Russia 2018 with a handball after just four minutes.Japan took a shock lead when Shinji Kagawa netted the resulting penalty before Juan Quintero equalised with a free-kick for Colombia to make it 1-1 at half-time.Brazil 2014 topscorer James Rodriguez came on for the last half-hour after labouring in training with a calf strain but could not pull his side level after Osako’s goal.Travelling Colombia fans turned the Mordovia Arena into a sea of yellow, but were soon stunned into silence.When Osako fired in a shot from Japan’s first attack, Sanchez blocked the effort with a raised arm.Referee Damir Skomina showed him a straight red card after pointing to the spot without referring to the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).The Colombians bitterly protested but Kagawa drilled home the spot kick to put Japan ahead in the sixth minute.It was the second-fastest red card in World Cup finals history, bettered only by the 52 seconds it took Jose Batista of Uruguay to be sent off against Scotland at Mexico ’86.After the dismissal, Colombia poured forward and their captain Radamel Falcao twice went close.Colombia coach Jose Pekerman made a tactical switch on 31 minutes, with Wilmar Barrios replacing Juventus midfielder Juan Cuadrado.The pressure paid off as Quintero’s low free-kick flew under Japan’s wall and crept inside the post shortly before half-time. The goal was confirmed by goal-line technology.Japan pressed after the break, forcing Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina into a string of saves.To a deafening roar from Colombia fans, Rodriguez came on for Quintero on 58 minutes, just before Barrios earned a yellow card for clattering Kagawa from behind.Japanese pressure paid off when Osako, who was a constant menace to the Colombia defence, leapt highest from a corner and guided his header in off the post with 17 minutes to go.The goal jolted Colombia into life as Rodriguez then Barrios went close at the other end.Bayern Munich star Rodriguez earned a late yellow card for sliding into Japan midfielder Genki Haraguchi.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
France beat Messi’s Argentina 4-3 in a World Cup classic as 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe announced himself on the biggest stage with a superb two-goal performance and Les Bleus came from behind to send the 2014 finalists packing.Mbappe became the first teenager to score twice in a World Cup match since a 17-year-old Pele in the 1958 final. The Brazilian legend tweeted to the Frenchman: “Congratulations, @KMbappe, 2 goals in a World Cup so young puts you in great company.”Russia’s top scorer, midfielder Denis Cheryshev, attends a training session in Novogorsk, outside Moscow, on June 28, ahead of their Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 match against Spain © AFP/File / Alexander NEMENOVMessi though was unable to find the net, leaving Russia with a single goal, and at 31 the Barcelona great has probably seen any chance of winning the World Cup evaporate.Later in Sochi, Ronaldo — who started the World Cup with a hat-trick against Spain — was powerless to prevent Portugal slipping out of the tournament as Edinson Cavani scored two brilliant goals in a 2-1 win to send the European champions home.Cavani, who lines up alongside Mbappe at Paris Saint-Germain, opened the scoring with a leaping header and curled a superb first-time shot past Rui Patricio to win the match after Pepe had equalised.Although the Uruguayan striker limped off, he later said it was only a knock and he expects to be back to face France in the quarter-finals.Ronaldo will be 37 by the time of the next World Cup in Qatar, but he would not be drawn on whether he planned to extend his international career.“Now is not the time to talk about the future of players and coaches,” said Ronaldo, who, like Messi, leaves the World Cup having never scored a goal in the knockout rounds.– Russia believes –Spain’s top scorer, forward Diego Costa (L), warms up with teammates during a training session at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, on June 30, on the eve of their Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 match against Russia © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVRussia came into the tournament derided by their own supporters after a string of defeats in warmup matches but they thrashed Saudi Arabia 5-0 in their opener and then swept aside Egypt 3-1, making even their own sceptical public believe.A comprehensive defeat to Uruguay provided a reality check but Russia and striker Denis Cheryshev will be roared on by much of the 80,000 crowd in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and they see no reason to fear Andres Iniesta, Isco and Diego Costa.“I think that we can win against anybody, we can always win and that’s what we need to believe, just think about victory,” Cheryshev said.Spain midfielder David Silva said his side will be treating the match “as if we were playing against Brazil.”Croatia’s Luka Modric (C) controls the ball during a training session in Nizhniy Novgorod, on June 30, on the eve of their Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 match against Denmark © AFP / Dimitar DILKOFFSpain have a terrible record against host nations at major finals — they have never won in eight attempts and coach Fernando Hierro played when minnows South Korea knocked out his Spain team on penalties in 2002.“Statistics are made to be broken,” Hierro said. “Why are we always looking backwards? We’ve had three games here but we’re going to look at what happened 10 or 15 years ago? It’s about what happens at 5:00 pm tomorrow.”Denmark coach Age Hareide said his side’s match against Croatia could boil down to who comes out on top in the midfield battle between Tottenham powerhouse Christian Eriksen and Modric.The Danes failed to set pulses racing in the opening round but advanced second behind France in Group C.Denmark’s goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel takes part in a training session in Nizhniy Novgorod on June 30, on the eve of their Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 match against Croatia © AFP / Martin BERNETTIBy contrast, Croatia stormed through Group D, winning all three games and put in arguably the best performance of the first stage, a 3-0 thumping of Argentina, in Nizhny Novgorod, where they will also play Denmark.Hareide said his team would show far more thrust on Sunday.“I think you will see a different Denmark from what you have seen so far and the type of game we have played,” Hareide said. “Yes, we need to defend but we need to attack more.”Denmark are unbeaten for 18 games, a national record, their last defeat coming against Montenegro in October 2016 and have kept six clean sheets in their past seven games thanks to ‘keeper Casper Schmeichel.If Denmark beat Croatia, it will be only the second time the Danes have qualified for the last eight of the World Cup, the other occasion being in 1998.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Russia’s goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev takes part in a training session in Novogorsk, outside Moscow, on June 29, ahead of their Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 match against Spain © AFP/File / Alexander NEMENOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 1 – Russia are hoping for a World Cup miracle on Sunday as the host nation take on 2010 winners Spain for a place in the quarter-finals after Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi exited the tournament.The other last-16 match pits a talented Croatia team led by Luka Modric that had a perfect record in the group phase against Denmark, but they will have to go some to emulate the drama of Saturday’s first two last-16 matches.
A total of 20 jobs have been saved after a rescue deal was done to keep open two service stations owned by the Blaney family.Lagg Service Station in Milford.The Lagg Service Station in Milford and Blaney’s Shop at Kerrykeel recently went into receivership.However, Sean Carr of Dublin-based Vision Accountancy, has confirmed that after protracted and prolonged discussions with KPMG, the businesses will remain open. The deal was signed on Tuesday in Dublin.The welcome news comes just weeks after an additional 30 jobs were saved in the Brewery Bar and the Central Bar in Letterkenny in June, buisnesses also owned by the Blaney family.It is understood that the deal hit a number of stumbling blocks over the last few weeks but these issues have now been finally resolved.Mr Carr told the Tirconail Tribune that Milford and Kerrykeel and its rural hinterland without these two vital two shops would be too horrendous to contemplate. He said the locality and the community would be very much the poorer and with the Fanad and Rosguill peninsulas heavily dependent on tourism, it was vital that these business remained opened.“No tourists coming to Donegal want to see shutters on doors and if a business closes it is virtually impossible to get the business up and going again.“Closing the doors is the easiest option for banks but the most costly one in the long term for the banks and destroys staff lives and families never mind the damage it does to the businesses.“It comes to a massive relief to the staff and their families and if a rescue deal was not agreed it only add further to the withdrawal of essential rural services and rural decline.”Mr Carr, the Fanad born debt restructurer expert, has been involved in debt restructuring cases throughout Ireland, Europe and USA. He said he is deeply concerned about the future of businesses in Donegal and has called on the government for urgent action for businesses to be given some form of grant aid to access to specialist restructures.The no nonsense and tough style negotiator, is hoping to hold a number of one to one free meetings with SMEs in Donegal over the coming weeks.“It be would be very easy for me to idly stand by and let the destruction to happen but I would be hopefully be able to look back in ten years and say I made some small difference in saving jobs and communities.“I took a conscious decision not to act for banks and who has saved over 100 in Donegal indirectly and directly in the last 18 months alone, some restructures count the number of cases they have as the barometer of their success but I also count the number of jobs that I have not been able to save,” he added. TWENTY JOBS SAVED AS DEAL DONE TO KEEP BLANEY SHOPS OPEN was last modified: July 31st, 2014 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:Blaney familyKPMGLagg Service StationSean Carr
A Judge has said it was a miracle that someone was not seriously hurt when a gang attacked a family home with nailguns.Donal Coyle and his family escaped with their lives when a gang of men shot up their home in Letterkenny in November 2006. The gang, from Derry, had been ordered to carry out the attack by Marcus Spratt who had accused Mr Coyle of previously attacking his van.The gang arrived at Mr Coyle’s home at Glencar Park and pumped it with nails from a nailgun.They smashed several windows and sprayed the inside of the house with nails with one of the nails missing Mr Coyle’s three-year-old son by inches.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard how Spratt, of Gortnacorrib, Letterkenny, pleaded guilty to making threats to kill, causing criminal damage and being in possession of an offensive weapon in July 2012.However, before he was sentenced he fled to London where he has worked successfully as a building contractor in recent years.Two weeks ago he was arrested at Heathrow Airport under a European Arrest Warrant and returned to Ireland.He appeared before Judge John Aylmer for sentence on all the outstanding sentences.The Judge remarked how the nailgun used in the attack was as powerful as any firearm as it had penetrated the hall door of Mr Coyle’s home and missed striking his son by just inches.“It is somewhat of a miracle that Mr Coyle and his family were not seriously injured,” he added.He sentenced Spratt to a total of three and half years on both the threat to kill and possession of an offensive weapon charge and a further two and half years for the criminal damage charge with all charges to run concurrently.Spratt had denied that he had been present at the house when it was attacked but was in another village, Convoy.He added that he was horrified when he later learned that there was a young child in the house when it was attacked by the gang under his orders.A victim impact statement on behalf of Mr Coyle was handed into the court by state prosecutor Ms Patricia McLaughlin.Barrister Mr Ivan Toner said that Mr Coyle and his client had since made up and that Spratt had since been living a successful life in London.His ex-partner had facilitated him in bringing the couple’s two sons to London and on holiday in Disneyworld, Legoland and Lanzarote.The court was told that Spratt said there were “certain issues” as to why he could not hang around and be sentenced.Man who ordered gang to attack rival’s home is jailed for three and a half years was last modified: January 28th, 2018 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:courtDonal CoyledonegalgangletterkennyMarcus SprattnailgunRival
OAKLAND — With the slow returns of Jesus Luzardo, Sean Manaea and Jharel Cotton to the big leagues — and Frankie Montas’ suspension — the Oakland A’s decided to act fast in the starting pitching market.GM Dave Forst made the call to Kansas City a few days ago and, Sunday morning both teams pulled the trigger: the A’s acquired 33-year-old right-handed starter Homer Bailey (7-6, 4.80) for 23-year-old minor league infielder Kevin Merrell, who was playing in Double-A Midland.“With a starting …
TDF will also be participating in the International Sales Person of the Year Awards (ISPY) later this year, with a view to winning more accolades that prove the company’s strong relationship with its concessionaires’ crew. It also holds the rights to the American Express Foreign Exchange franchise in South Africa. Concessions other than Virgin Atlantic currently under TDF management include TAAG Angola Airlines, South African Airways, Kenya Airways, South African Express, Interair and Air Mauritius. South African company Tourvest Duty Free (TDF) has had its contract to manage the in-flight duty-free sales of Virgin Atlantic Airways renewed until 2014, the second renewal since the company first won the contract in 2004. “TDF’s success in managing in-flight duty free concessions is underwritten by a philosophy based on partnership, technology, integration, innovation and world-class practices,” said Grimsley. Focus on tourism “We are looking to provide Virgin Atlantic customers with an enhanced product, offering even more choices such as a range of in-flight snacks to complement those already on offer.” 13 August 2010 TDF has won the prestigious Frontier Award for the Best In-flight Retailer of the Year five times since the company’s inception in 1999, with its latest success in the most recent adjudication last year. Award-winning services SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The contract covers Virgin Atlantic’s entire route network consisting of long-haul flights from the United Kingdom to North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Far East and Australia. “This focus on service standards and world-class processes ensure that the commercial benefits to our partners continue to be significant.” “We are extremely pleased to continue our partnership with one of the best global brands in the world. We’ve achieved many milestones together and having our commitment recognised is naturally rewarding,” TDF chief executive Selwyn Grimsley said in a statement this week. TDF forms part of the travel retail division of the Johannesburg-based Tourism Investment Corporation (Tourvest), which is involved in a wide range of tourism related activities, from designing and marketing international holiday packages, to providing in-house travel management to companies; and running stores and restaurants targeted at travellers.
By Carol ChurchWhen the time comes to retire from the military, there are so many decisions to be made and transitions for service members and their families to think about. One major one is whether to stay in the community they’re currently living in or to move on to an area that may have more to offer in various ways. For many, this may be a welcome opportunity to return to an area where family live, or to a region they enjoyed when stationed there. But there’s more to consider, particularly from a financial point of view!The situation will, of course, vary from person to person. Many military retirees will be quite young and looking to start a second nonmilitary career. (Did you know that the average military retiree is only in his or her 40s?) Some may still have children in school, which comes with its own set of considerations. Of course, others will be at a different stage of life and feel ready to stop working and pursue hobbies, travel, or relaxation.So, keeping the diversity of the “military retiree” in mind, what are some possible considerations when choosing where to live after retiring from the military?Does the state tax military retirement pay?This can be a big one if the servicemember will be drawing a retirement pension. Of the 50 states, 9 have no state income tax. 14 of those that do have chosen not to tax military retirement pay. Another 20 offer some kind of tax credit or tax exemption for military retirees. Others offer no breaks. These laws change frequently, so it’s a very good idea to research the current laws for any state under consideration. Retirees may also want to compare state income tax rates, which vary widely. Some tax higher earners at a fairly significant rate.Are there industries in the area that draw on skills gained in the military, if planning to still work?Government and defense contract jobs are obvious choices, but the medical, security, manufacturing, and IT fields (among others) may all hold opportunity. The unemployment rate may also be something to consider if the “retiree” plans to pursue a second career or if his or her spouse will be looking for work.Are there VA hospitals in the region, and what do other vets and rating systems say about them?Although not every retiree will choose to utilize the VA system for healthcare, it can be important to have the option. VA systems vary, so just knowing there is one in the area may not be enough—it pays off to look into ratings.Is this a popular area for military retirees?The military is nothing if not a huge community, and for some it will be hard to leave. Retirement may feel more comfortable and enjoyable with other veterans in the area. It’s even possible to move to specialized military senior living communities, if this is of interest.How affordable is housing in the area?Military families may be excited to finally purchase a “forever home” after holding back from purchasing or “making do” during years of PCSing. The VA loan program makes this dream even more attainable. For some, however, the realities of home buying may also be a bit of shock. Doing background research on the price and attainability of housing stock in the area is a must.Are there any bases nearby?Though this may not be a big consideration for some, others enjoy being near bases and having access to the amenities they can provide, such as the commissary, exchange, Space-A flights, etc.What is the area’s cost of living?Retirees will want to see how the costs of common expenses like groceries, health care, utilities, and son compares from region to region. (Property and local taxes are a big factor, too.) While it can be difficult to obtain a reliable estimate of this figure, some sites offer cost of living calculators, like this one and this one.What about climate, cultural opportunities, and general demographics of the area?These are more typical “where to retire” considerations are still going to be relevant. Many websites and articles provide information on these factors.This is all quite a bit to consider—all the more reason to start thinking about these big choices early. Service members should start planning for retirement two to three years ahead of time. It will take time to get everything worked out and all the i’s dotted and t’s crossed. Many sites, lists, and articles rate the “best” cities, states, and area for military retirees, but of course, in the end, this decision will be very personal. Considering the financial implications of where to settle should certainly be part of the picture.We’re hosting a 3-day learning event June 6-8 focused on retirement issues. Learn more about this Virtual Learning Event here.