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first_img…. body says this ultimate betrayal is going to kill mining industryGovernment and the representative mining association of Guyana are at loggerheads over purported plans to rescind widespread concessions granted to the industry.Natural Resources Minister Raphael TrotmanThe concerns were raised by the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) on Thursday, when, in a public missive it called on its members to be prepared to mobilise for strong and decisive action to safeguard their livelihood.According to the GGDMA, it “has received highly credible information that the current Government will be rescinding all the concessions granted to miners”.The Association said Finance Minister Winston Jordan was expected to make this announcement in his budget speech (on November 28) which would include measures that would result in the removal of: all Value Added Tax waivers, concessions for fuel and lubricants, concessions for motor vehicles, concessions on spares and parts, concessions on tools and equipment and the non-renewal of the fuel import licences. The Natural Resources Ministry has since swiftly responded, but instead of denying the accusation outright, said “we can state also that the Ministry of Finance is currently engaged in discussions regarding these concessions and other forms of support to the mining sector, including reviewing requests for renewal of these concessions”.According to the response to the mining Association issued by the Natural Resources Ministry, “we urge that the executive of the GGDMA await confirmed information from the Ministry of Finance or the Ministry of Natural Resources before making inaccurate pronouncements that do no one any good”. The GGDMA, in publicly voicing its concerns on Thursday, called the move on the part of Government “the ultimate betrayal of the miners by the APNU/AFC Government and will only serve to make the already difficult industry harder, if not impossible”.It said it was calling on the Government to restore the status quo and return all the concessions granted to miners under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration.The GGDMA said too that the current Government has given no additional help to the industry. “They have provided no new concrete concessions and to date, they have not put in one single road or other infrastructural work that directly benefits the industry.” The Administration has since taken umbrage to this assertion, saying this position was wholly incorrect.According to the Natural Resources Ministry in its response to the GGDMA, in November 2015, agreements were signed between the GGDMA, the Guyana Energy Agency and the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission regarding a number of exemptions from Customs duties on fuel and equipment. These agreements remain in force.“As the period of the agreement signing would suggest, the agreement was signed under the current Administration”, contrary to what was said in the GGDMA missive, according to the Ministry’s release.Regarding the assertions by the GGDMA that the current Government has given no additional help to the industry, has provided no new concrete concessions and to date, has not put in one single road or other infrastructural work that directly benefits the industry, the Ministry maintains those assertions “simply have no basis in fact”.According to the Ministry, it, along with the Public Infrastructure Ministry is currently engaged with members of the GGDMA to address the maintenance and opening up of hinterland roads. The Natural Resources Ministry is adamant the David Granger-led Government places immense value on the contribution of mining to the socioeconomic well-being of Guyana, and especially hails the contributions of small- and medium-scale miners.“The Administration has no intention of turning its back on the miners at this critical time of national development,” the Ministry said in its missive. The GGDMA in its complaint observed that “the gold industry is set to surpass the 600,000 ounces mark this year…Two-thirds of this figure is the direct effort of the small and medium-scale miners…We have produced this much gold without the concessions or tax breaks the foreign companies enjoy.”The GGDMA said it held the view that given the same concessions as the foreign companies “we can produce more than 600,000 ounces by ourselves.” The Association said the proposed backward step, on the part of the Administration “to remove all waivers and concessions, will see a significant decline in the production targets next year and many more miners on the breadline.”According to the GGDMA, “the industry is already suffering and this betrayal is going to kill mining in Guyana…Miners are prepared to take all necessary steps to ensure that the industry survives. We will stand together.”last_img read more

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first_imgMunicipal politicians are gathering in Whistler this week to decide whether to extend their terms of office to four years.The B.C. government would have to amend the Local Government Act to extend the terms of councillors and school trustees beyond the existing three years. However, Surrey Councilor Barbara Steele, the incoming president of the Union of B.C. Municipalities, said provincial politicians have promised to abide by the decision made by delegates at their annual four day convention, beginning tomorrow. – Advertisement -She expects a spirited debate among municipal officials.She notes some smaller communities already have difficulty finding candidates willing to make even a three-year commitment to a job, which often features low pay, long hours, and a lack of public recognition or respect. That noted, among the resolutions put forward for debate at the convention is one from the District of Hudson’s Hope, calling for three-year terms to be maintained.Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAKE HUGHES — An instructor at a northern Los Angeles County probation camp was arrested on suspicion of making terrorist threats. Julian Gallarza, 56, a longtime Probation Department employee who works as an instructor at the Camp Mendenhall juvenile boot camp in the Lake Hughes area, tucked between Palmdale and Castaic, was arrested Tuesday after threatening to go an a rampage. Sheriff’s Lt. Lawrence Del Mese said deputies found loaded weapons in Gallarza’s car. Gallarza was booked for investigation of making terrorist threats and remained in custody with bail set at $50,000. Gallarza is accused of making threats about noon to another Camp Mendenhall employee. Gallarza told the other employee he was “having issues with co-workers and problems at home,” Del Mese said.last_img read more

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first_imgRussia’s Nurmagomedov, 30, defended his UFC lightweight crown with a submission victory over Ireland’s Conor McGregor two weeks ago in the top-selling UFC fight ever, improving his record to 27-0.American Mayweather, 41, came out of retirement last year to box McGregor and stopped him in the 10th round in Las Vegas to raise his career record to 50-0.Nurmagomedov told Mayweather adviser Leonard Ellerbe in an online video that “We have to fight” while Mayweather told TMZ earlier this week his team can “make it happen.”The Russian’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, told ESPN his fighter would “respect the contract” with UFC but added, “we’re open if Floyd wants to box Khabib.”“You have a guy who is 50-0, a guy who is 27-0 — both have never tasted defeat. Khabib brings 2.5 billion Muslims around the world, some of the richest countries in the world, and they’re behind him. Floyd Mayweather is a megastar. Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather. If the two forces clash, that’s a real fight.”The Nevada State Athletic Commission has suspended Nurmagomedov temporarily for his post-fight actions after being McGregor, climbing out of the octagon and fighting members of the Irishman’s entourage. A disciplinary ban into next year is possible.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000UFC officials say they have not been approached by Floyd Mayweather about a possible boxing bout against UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia, shown with his title belt © AFP / Vasily MAXIMOVLOS ANGELES, United States, Oct 19 – Floyd Mayweather has not contacted UFC about a boxing match with Khabib Nurmagomedov despite both sides hyping the prospect, UFC president Dana White told ESPN in a website posting Friday.“Don’t pay attention to it,” White said. “The Mayweather team has not approached us at all. Khabib is under contract with the UFC. We haven’t talked to anybody from the Mayweather team. Floyd is very good at getting his name back out there when he’s ready.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe Donegal U13 side pictured prior to their victory over Cavan and Monaghan earlier this afternoon.Kevin McHugh’s U13 Donegal Schoolboys side produced another superb display earlier this afternoon to ensure they move one step closer to qualification for the knock-out stages of the All-Ireland competition.McHugh’s side defeated Sligo 5-2 last month and followed that victory up with another scintillating display against Cavan/Monaghan in Cootehill.The game was evenly contested in the opening half with few clear-cut chances, although Donegal had the lions share of possession. Donegal then saw appeals for a penalty waved away when Conor Black was tripped in the box.In the second-half, Donegal’s dominance finally paid off and they took the lead from a corner when Carlos O’Reilly powered a header to the net.Donegal created plenty of other chances and had a goal disallowed five minute later.The decisive goal arrived via sub Finian O’Donnell, it was a great individual goal which O’Donnell buried low to the keepers left hand side. Assistant manager Mel O’Donnell told Donegal Daily, ” It is a very good result for us, and that leaves us on the brink of qualification to the All-Ireland semi final.“We’re delighted with the ways these boys prepare themselves and apply themselves every week.“They’re a credit to the County, and there a joy to work with.“We lost the All-Ireland Final last year to Waterford, so we’re hoping we can one better this year, but we still have an awful long way to go, but the signs are encouraging.SUPER DONEGAL U13 SCHOOLBOYS DEFEAT CAVAN/MONAGHAN IN EMPHATIC DISPLAY was last modified: February 15th, 2015 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:donegalnewsSchoolboyssoccerSportlast_img read more

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first_imgCardiff City have completed the signing of goalkeeper Alex Smithies from QPR.The Premier League new boys have not disclosed the fee for the 28-year-old but the deal is understood to be worth around £3million, plus potential add-ons. Latest EFL news Alex Smithies in action for QPR stalemate Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ ROUND-UP Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship EFL result Smithies has penned a contract with the Bluebirds that runs until 2021, subject to international clearance.The former Huddersfield glovesman joined QPR in 2015 and made than more than 100 appearances for the Championship club.His arrival at the Cardiff City Stadium will see him compete for the number one jersey with Neil Etheridge, who had an outstanding campaign when Cardiff clinched promotion from the Championship last term.center_img GREAT NEWS Cardiff boss Neil Warnock said: “I wondered if he just has a blinder when he plays against us. But having watched Alex for a while, there is no doubting his pedigree.“He’s a lad that knows he will have to fight for his place. Neil Etheridge had a fabulous season in 2017/18 and improved as time went on. It’s great for us to have that healthy competition.” 1 goalless impact CONFUSION Macclesfield set for further EFL sanctions after Plymouth match is called off Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off REPLY Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancer last_img read more

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first_imgLocal ladies and fashionistas are invited to Castle Grove Country House Hotel outside Letterkenny for a fashionable Afternoon Tea in aid of Donegal Youth Service.The elegant event on Saturday, the 14th of October at 2pm will be held to raise funds for DYS, who provide supports and services to young people all over the county.This stylish event will be hosted by two very well-known Donegal women, The S-Mum Maria Rushe, and Joanne Gallinagh of Beaus and Belles Baby Massage. The special guest speaker on the day is Alma McManus, from Clothesology who will be offering “a style solution for every body”. Attendees will also be treated to a fashion show courtesy of Clare Clothing among other local stores, as well as vintage afternoon tea, with plenty of goodies to be given away on the day too. And finally, don’t hold back on the glam as there will also be a special prize for the best dressed lady on the day.Afternoon Tea at Castle Grove Castle Grove Country HouseGoodies and prizes are coming from Cocoa Brown, Inglot, Boots, iCandy and Castlegrove Country House with many more exciting brands to be announced very soon. Generous local businesses Arena 7, Macs Mace, and Mc Ginleys Bar, have sponsored the cost of the event itself. Sheena Boyle-Laverty, DYS Youth Outreach Worker shared “It’s shaping up to be a wonderful afternoon out. We would like to extend our gratitude to the very generous brands and local businesses who have sponsored this event and donated fabulous goodies and prizes.”Donegal Youth Service provide a range of supports and services for young people around the county, including mental health support, education and training, youth clubs, an LGBTI group, one-to-one support and much more. Since 1981 they are there for the young people of Donegal. In whatever way they need them, year after year, generation after generation.Tickets are €30, and must be paid for in advance as places are limited. To book call (074) 91 29630 or email sheena.boyle@donegalyouthservice.ieTickets are available from Donegal Youth Service (old cinema building), 16-18 Port Road, Letterkenny. www.donegalyouthservice.ie Donegal Youth Service are a registered charity. Charity No. CHY 15027.Luxury venue to host ladies afternoon tea fundraiser was last modified: September 15th, 2017 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)last_img read more

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first_imgOne of Ireland’s most influential makeup artists was the star guest at a glamorous event in Letterkenny last week.Louise ‘LMD’ McDonnell gave an expert masterclass at a sold out event hosted by Magees Pharmacy on 10th April.Over 200 beauty fans flocked to McGettigan’s Hotel to hear Louise’s makeup tips and tricks. Using Note Cosmetics, she gave a step by step tutorial through a stunning look. LMD Make Up Masterclass by Magees Pharmacy. Declan Devlin PhotographyLMD Make Up Masterclass by Magees Pharmacy. Declan Devlin PhotographyLMD is an award winning MUA from Northern Ireland with a huge online following and her own beauty brand. With a litany of celebrity clients, she had many great stories and advice to share.Aoibheann Walsh from G&G Letterkenny was MC for the masterclass, which was packed with fun moments, goodie-bags and giveaways. Blogger Emma Murray from The Fashion Chair looked after social media for the evening to keep all followers up to date from home.LMD Make Up Masterclass by Magees Pharmacy. Declan Devlin PhotographyLMD Make Up Masterclass by Magees Pharmacy. Declan Devlin PhotographyA raffle was held in aid of the High 5 for Conall Fund to give away a bumper Note Hamper worth €150. Over €600 was raised and presented to the charity in support of popular Letterkenny boy Conall Shiels.The LMD event was one of many hosted by Magees Pharmacy recently as they keep their finger on the pulse of new beauty launches and in-store events. Top makeup artist ‘LMD’ visits Letterkenny for Magees Masterclass was last modified: April 16th, 2019 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:eventsLMDMagee’s Pharmacymakeup masterclasslast_img read more

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first_imgChelsea midfielder Raul Meireles is an £8m target for Napoli, according to the Daily Mirror.It is claimed that Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has made enquiries to Meireles’ agents and is keen to try and make the move happen.The Mirror also say that QPR wanted to fine Joey Barton three months’ rather than six weeks’ wages for his violent outburst against Manchester City on the final day of last season.The PFA are said to have stepped in to stop him being fined close to £1m by the club.Manager Mark Hughes is determined to get Barton out of Loftus Road, the Daily Mail report, and is likely to make him train with the reserves until the player leaves.This page is regularly updated. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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first_imgAbout 320 teachers in 150 schools in Mpumalanga, the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal have already received teaching and learning materials during LEAP’s pilot phaseRemote and rural schools are set to benefit from the Learn English Audio Project (LEAP) which aims to help pupils improve their English listening and speaking skills.Hand-picked schools will each receive a solar-powered MP3 player for use in a classroom or language club.The MP3 player comes loaded with over 40 hours of teaching material, teacher guides and lesson plans for Grades R to 4, a book with primary songs and stories, and a set of colourful cartoon story posters.The project, a British Council initiative, was launched by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The British Council is a global cultural exchange organisation.The minister explained that LEAP would assist with developing pupils’ literacy in any language. The children would also get used to hearing English spoken in various accents.“These [listening and speaking] skills become even more important in the acquisition of a second language such as English in the South African context, where English effectively becomes the medium of instruction from Grade 4 onwards,” said Motshekga.She added that LEAP had the potential to address these often neglected skills to help “embed the building blocks of early literacy”.Motshekga said she had personally struggled to understand English spoken by white people after completing her matric.“I relied on reading to pass my modules. I had to tune my hearing to understand the accent. Sometimes that is what accounts for the failure of many first year students at universities,” she said.About 320 teachers in 150 schools in Mpumalanga, the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal have already received teaching and learning materials during LEAP’s pilot phase.PRIORITISING LITERACYMotshekga said improving literacy skills was an important priority for the government.She said, “We believe that this project will also cover the tasks outlined for education in the National Development Plan, which talks to forming partnerships to improve education quality and outcomes.”She said the ministry had signed a declaration with the British Council in January this year.THE LEAP PROJECTThe teaching and learning audio material will not deviate from the current national curriculum, as it is linked to it, Motshekga said.“To complement the training package, teachers receive a training video, lesson plans and posters, and an extra SD card containing all the materials, so that they can access the materials on their cell phones, thus facilitating lesson planning at any time and location,” she added. Teachers will be trained to use the MP3 players effectively.The British Council country director for South Africa, Colm McGivern, said the council partnered with the department to promote quality education.“This is a long-term strategic partnership with the department. We signed a five-year partnership agreement, through which we aim to improve learning of all languages in South Africa.”He said the council has already received positive feedback from the project’s many beneficiaries.McGivern said monitoring and evaluation processes would be put in place for the council to measure the tangible benefits for teachers and pupils in time.“By the end of our five-year partnership, we will ensure that we help the Department of Basic Education train all 400 000 teachers in South Africa in the better use of the material to improve the learning of all languages in the country,” he said.About 7000 solar-powered MP3 players have been distributed into nine sub-Saharan countries, including South Africa, Nigeria, Rwanda, Mozambique, Sudan, Tanzania, South Sudan, Senegal and Ethiopia.From: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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