Guyana’s reputation is already tarnished

first_imgDear Editor,I have just started reading the book “Blowout” written by Ms Rachel Maddow, the Emmy Award-winning host of MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show”. The book has topped the New York Times Best Seller list since its launch a few weeks ago.The book deals with the greed and corruption of the oil industry and includes Ms Maddow’s comments on the contracts signed with Governments around the globe which have, among other things, propped up authoritarian regimes.I checked the index and sure enough, Guyana is part of that story. On pages 353-354, Ms Maddow writes about the now-former head of ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson, refusing “to explain, exactly, how it was that [ExxonMobil] managed to secure twenty years’ worth of oil rights in Nigeria despite reportedly being outbid by a Chinese-led consortium by more than double – by more than $2.25 billion. Is it possible that there was a little sweetener there for someone in a decision-making capacity over that contract? Maybe? Anyone want to check the books? Did every Nigerian official who looked at that potential deal just independently – and for the good of his or her country – decide to give away $2.25 billion?How about the details of the production agreement ExxonMobil had negotiated with Guyana, which included an $18 million ‘signing bonus’ to the Guyanese Government? ExxonMobil would not be disclosing the amazing footwork that must have led to those improbable deals. “We are a commercial enterprise and we have competitors,” Exxon’s Man in Guyana explained. “And learning bits of information about how other negotiations have worked or how our negotiations work – the things we value – provide kind of intellectual property to competitors.”“KFC has its secret herbs and spices, fracking companies have their proprietary slickwater goo, and apparently Exxon has its secret special menu of exactly which Government officials or proxies an American oil company must pay off – and how well – in order to secure the right to profit from a country’s natural resources. Without hassle from said Government.”First oil is still to flow here but Guyana’s reputation is already tarnished and the corruption of the Granger Government is on the New York Times Best Seller list for everyone to see.I also agree with Mr Alexander Ramessar’s opinion that future gains from the oil industry here and elsewhere will be short-lived. (SN letters, October 24, 2019) Every progressive and forward-thinking political leader in the developed world – the major gas guzzler – supports energy policies that will lead to a much lesser dependence on fossil fuels in favour of green energy sources.The dizzying glee and greed here over the coming of oil might well have a brief shelf life and Mr Ramessar is right to advise and caution that our economic policies should take this into account.Sincerely,Ryhaan Shahlast_img read more

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No pressure for KPL title, says Kimanzi

first_img“In the beginning, it wasn’t our target. We had a smaller target because we had to be realistic. To tell the players that we want to win the league after fighting relegation last season is a big step,”  the tactician offered.“Sometimes you don’t want to create tension in the group and you give attainable targets. But, I don’t see anything wrong to learn and still win something in the process.”He added; “We want to be another force in the league and do better than the previous two seasons. If you put yourself as a force then you are targeting anything achievable. We are not ruling out the league title because we have a team which we believe can face any challenge, take a game after game with passion and win.”Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi during training. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUKimanzi has tried twice unsuccessfully to win the KPL title with Sofapaka and Tusker FC but with Mathare, he hopes the project he started last season can bear fruit within the next five years.The tactician lost almost the entire team at the end of the 2016 season and instead of replacing them with like for like figures, Kimanzi went for young, untested blood and he almost paid for it with relegation but they disentangled themselves in the final five games.He has stuck with the same squad for the 2018 season, only making a few additions though the core of the team remained.“I took a brave risk and sometimes we spent a lot of sleepless nights trying to find out how we can make it better for young, very inexperienced players but very talented. With the confidence and support I had, the program we made for them worked,” Kimanzi notes.Mathare United during training. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULU“We decided to start a foundation, genuinely sound and we walked without fear. We knew it was going to be tough. There was some false confidfence among the players. You could see that they want to do it but still had a long way to go,” He added.The tactician says he has been impressed with their growth and notes he is genuinely surprised that they have started hitting the right notes in just their second year together.“We had a grace period of three years for them to mature completely but they have completely surprised us. Almost 60, 70 percent has improved and if they can do it in the second year then it’s a great success,” the coach noted.The Slum Boys have only lost once this season, a 4-3 defeat at the hands of AFC Leopards in a match they led 3-1 at some point.But since then, they have won the next four matches back to back and Kimanzi only hopes they can remain consistent again for the next 10 games.They will be facing Posta Rangers in their next match on Sunday, a game Kimanzi says will be both very tough and very easy for his side.“We are playing against a tough team defensively but also, they don’t score. We only now have to worry about how we will open them up and get goals,” the coach noted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi (right) with Gor Mahia’s Dylan Kerr (left). Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 12- Despite his side enjoying a blistering start to the new season, Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi says he is under no pressure to challenge for the 2018 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title, exactly 10 years since he guided them to their first in 2008.Mathare narrowly avoided relegation last year and ended up finishing 13th but have posted contrasting results this year as they currently sit on the apex of the standings with 23 points off 10 games.last_img read more

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Becerra leaving sheriff’s station

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Capt. Irma Becerra is leaving the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station and Lt. Michael Rothans, the station’s second in command, is being promoted to captain and station commander as of Sunday. Becerra, 58, is being transferred to the Mira Loma Facility, Custody Division, a federal detention facility for immigration detainees, where she will serve as captain. It’s a move she is happy with and ready to make, she said Friday as she packed boxes at the station and said goodbyes. “I am close to retirement and had a difficult drive every day, so this opportunity came up to transfer and I grabbed it,” she said. Cmdr. Thomas Angel of the Sheriff’s Department said such transfers are not uncommon. “In a time period of two to five years, it’s totally appropriate to move captains to give them different work experience,” he said. “It’s usually a mutual agreement between the captain and the department.” For Becerra, the hardest part will be leaving a community and station she has come to love in her two years as station commander, she said. “The station is highly sought out and the personnel is awesome,” she said. “It will be hard leaving many of the Spanish-speaking people here who have come to see me as a role model.” Becerra did not say if her transfer has anything to do with the departure of several top administrators from City Hall, since longtime City Manager Dennis Courtemarche was fired last April. Nor would she say if it was related to her dealings with the City Council majority of Mayor David Armenta, Councilman Pete Ramirez and Councilman Ron Beilke, or new City Manager Chuck Fuentes. But Councilman Gregory Salcido, who has been critical of the council majority and Fuentes, said Becerra’s departure is a clear indication of the toxic working environment in and around City Hall. “Current elected leadership and appointed administration have shown little ability to work cooperatively with those who share a different perspective regarding the direction of our city,” he said. “The talent hemorrhage continues.” Other city officials say they will miss Becerra and the professionalism she brought to the job. “She followed in the footsteps of Capt. Juan Rodriguez – both were commanders who were very switched on to the community who understand community issues,” said Bob Spencer, the city’s spokesman. Spencer said officials now welcome Rothans to the role. “We have had a great working relationship with Mike and he is already a regular at City Council meetings,” said Spencer. “We feel this was a good choice and look forward to working with him.” Rothans, 43, was transferred to the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station in 2004, where he worked as the operations lieutenant. In years prior to that, the 22-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department was lieutenant at the Lakewood Station. In 2003, he was transferred to the Department’s Emergency Operations Bureau as the counterterrorism lieutenant assigned to the county’s Terrorism Early Warning Group. He is looking forward to serving as captain at the station, he said. “I’m excited about the opportunity to work with the City Council and the new public safety division,” he said. debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028last_img read more

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CELEBRITY BAINISTEOIR PIPPA SAYS ‘SORRY’ OVER COMMENTS ABOUT DONEGAL

first_imgCelebrity Bainisteoir – The Rivals‘ star Pippa O’Connor has responded to criticism of her dreading the drive up and back from Dublin to Donegal.After being drawn to coach at the Naomh Bríd club on Sunday’s opening episode, she expressed a fear that all the travelling would be too difficult for her and that every time she’d been in Donegal, ‘it always rained’.She moaned “I’m going home. I’m not going to Donegal. You are joking me.” When the catwalk queen realised she WAS coming to Ireland’s most stunning county, she complained about our lovely weather.“I can’t go to Donegal. Any time I’ve been to Donegal it has rained. Could you put me any further? I would say thanks but I can’t. I got the short straw,” she moaned.But the reality has proved to be anything but a burden as she prepares a team to take on husband Brian Ormond in the RTÉ One show.“When I first found out I was been sent to Donegal I was furious,” admits the Kildare model. “The thought of all the driving up and down, the bad weather when I’d been there before just turned me off but actually it was the best thing that could have happened.“The reaction I got from the team and club when they found out I was to be their manager completely made up for it. Everyone up there has been brilliant so far and I’m in it with the club to take them the whole way to the final.“They gave me the best welcome, I now feel lucky to have gotten a very passionate team. Donegal is my new home of late, I’ve been up here all weekend for a friend’s wedding – I can’t get enough of it!”Celebrity Bainisteoir – The Rivals continues on Sundays on RTÉ One. CELEBRITY BAINISTEOIR PIPPA SAYS ‘SORRY’ OVER COMMENTS ABOUT DONEGAL was last modified: September 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:CELEBRITY BAINISTEOIR PIPPA SAYS ‘SORRY’ OVER COMMENTS ABOUT DONEGALlast_img read more

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Northampton Town sack manager Dean Austin after 4-0 defeat to Mansfield

first_imgHe could not help the club avoid relegation from Sky Bet League One, and the Cobblers now have just one win from 12 matches in all competitions this season.They were beaten 4-0 at Mansfield on Saturday and are 21st in the table.A brief club statement read: “Northampton Town can confirm following discussions that they have parted company with manager Dean Austin.“Dean has worked extremely hard for the football club both last season and this. We thank him for his efforts and we wish him well for the future.” 1 Latest League Two News Northampton have parted company with Dean Austin CONFUSION Orient chief gives update on manager search after ‘unfortunate’ Fletcher sacking Macclesfield set for further EFL sanctions after Plymouth match is called off ‘close’ Northampton have sacked their manager Dean Austin.The 48-year-old took over in May 2017, having initially been placed in caretaker charge following the departure of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.last_img read more

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Transfer news: Man United and Tottenham face battle with Juventus for Serie A star

first_img Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City RANKED Most Popular Football News gameday cracker latest Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic in action. LATEST Fiorentina star Nikola Milenkovic clears the ball against Lazio. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade SORRY tense The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 scrap center_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ revealed Manchester United and Tottenham will be challenged by Juventus for Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic, say reports in Italy.The 21-year-old only arrived in Florence at the start of last season and went on to play 16 times in Serie A. Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos He is yet to miss a minute of their 10 league games so far this campaign and has impressed with a series of solid displays at both centre-back and right-back.Now Fiorentina are bracing themselves for offers with United and Tottenham reportedly keen on luring him to England.Both Premier League sides are in the market for a new defender and they have ear-marked Milenkovic as a star of the future. But, according to Tuttosport, Juventus have also joined the race to sign the Serbian as they attempt to sign a long-term successor for 37-year-old Andrea Barzagli.Ajax teen Matthijs de Ligt is also on their list but it has been suggested that Milenkovic could come cheaper than the £45m-rated Dutchman. whoops 2 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? BEST OF last_img read more

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PACKIE BONNER – “I DON’T KNOW HOW MICK MCCARTHY DIDN’T KNOCK ROY KEANE OUT”

first_imgSOCCER: Packie Bonner has revealed he doesn’t know how Mick McCarthy didn’t ‘chin’ Roy Keane during their infamous bust-up in Saipan. Bonner has been discussing extracts from his autobiography ‘The Last Line’ which will be released early next month. Bonner was part of the Irish backroom team during that now infamous fall-out between Ireland manager Mick McCarthy and team captain and Manchester United star Roy Keane.Keane was sent home in disgrace and the fall-out still provokes fierce debate to this day.Keane was at the peak of his powers and was influential in ensuring Ireland’s place at the World Cup in South Korea and Japan.However, Keane was furious at the inadequate training facilities in Saipan – and then snapped when McCarthy confronted him over a piece he done with The Irish Times. However, Bonner says he still can’t believe McCarthy showed the restraint he did considering the abuse and venom in Kean’s verbal assault.Bonner told The Irish Sun, “I know Mick McCarthy a long time, I played with him at Celtic and I seen him manhandle an opponent in a tunnel and swat him away like a fly.“He can look after himself in any company and was a tough and uncompromising man.“He showed credible restraint with Keane when he launched into a shocking tirade that was full of venom.“Keane launched a personal attack on Mick and it felt like it went on for an eternity, he even brought up an incident that had happened during a tour of the USA a decade earlier and said his opinion of him was the same as it was then.“I really don’t know how McCarthy didn’t chin him and knock him out. Bonner also feels that Ireland were better off without Keane because of the fear other players had.“I’ve often asked myself that question, but so many players were walking on eggshells around him – and I don’t think that is good for morale at all.PACKIE BONNER – “I DON’T KNOW HOW MICK MCCARTHY DIDN’T KNOCK ROY KEANE OUT” was last modified: September 25th, 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:newsSportlast_img read more

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Woman appeals for help after losing precious rings on beach

first_imgBeachgoers at Rossnowlagh in South Donegal are being asked to keep an eye out for two rings which were lost over a month ago.A wedding ring and an engagement ring were lost by a woman in the area at the end of September 2019.She recently made contact with Gardaí in the hope of finding the precious rings and the appeal has since been shared far and wide. The rings were rose gold and the wedding ring had an inscription engraved on the inside.If you picked up the rings or have any helpful information, please call Ballyshannon Garda Station on 071 9858530Woman appeals for help after losing precious rings on beach was last modified: October 29th, 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:lost and foundringsRossnowlaghlast_img read more

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Cape Town ready for 2010 draw

first_imgAn artist’s impression of Green PointStadium, Cape Town’s newly constructed2010 Fifa World Cup stadium, with TableMountain in the background.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library)MEDIA CONTACTS • Jermaine Craig 2010 World Cup Organising Committee+27 83 201 0121• Pieter CronjeCity of Cape Town+27 82 465 4965USEFUL LINKS• Fifa Media Channel• 2010 Fifa World Cup• South Africa 2010• City of Cape Town• Cape Town TourismMediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterAs the world’s best football nations fight through gruelling qualifying campaigns to make it to the 2010 Fifa World Cup, one of the world’s favourite cities is ready to welcome them.On 30 July Mayor of Cape Town Dan Plato and Danny Jordaan, head of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee, signed the service level agreement for Cape Town to host the tournament’s final draw at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on 4 December this year.The draw is expected to be broadcast in almost 200 countries and attended by some 2 000 guests and 800 media representatives. It will determine the match order for the world’s top 32 teams who will contest Africa’s first Fifa World Cup from 11 June to 11 July 2010.The agreement sets out the roles and responsibilities for the two parties in staging the event and providing all the necessary support services.“We can’t wait for the fourth of December and we can’t wait for 2010 to welcome all the visitors and spectators to our city,” Plato said. “Cape Town is ready and prepared to deliver a memorable final draw and to provide unique visitor experiences for visitors and the soccer fraternity alike.“The timing coincides with Cape Town’s festive season and all stakeholders are working together on integrated planning and preparations for the event.”According to a 2008 travel survey taken by more than 25 000 readers of UK papers The Daily and Sunday Telegraph, Cape Town gets the nod for best city in the world, beating the likes of Sydney and San Francisco.The city has also made it onto National Geographic’s Places of a Lifetime list, which features 50 of the world’s top destinations. Also in 2008, it was voted into third place in the World Edition of the Monopoly board game, coming in ahead of international icons such as Paris, London and New York.Jordaan said the final draw in South Africa’s scenic Mother City would be a week-long event featuring a number of activities staged by Fifa, the Organising Committee, the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Provincial Government and all South Africa’s host cities.“There are two projects left in the delivery of the 2010 Fifa World Cup: the final draw this December and then the tournament itself starting next June,” Jordaan said.“The final draw in Cape Town is a critical date and an important milestone for us. And we could not find a better city in which to host it. Cape Town’s a wonderful location and its Green Point Stadium is a landmark, one of the best in the world.”Plato said the World Cup had already created a number of job opportunities in the city, particularly in infrastructure.“The impetus of expenditure and investment in infrastructure for 2010 could not have come at a better time to counteract the effects of the economic slump,” he said. “While not every individual or suburb of Cape Town will benefit directly from the World Cup, improved facilities, services and infrastructure will benefit all indirectly.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

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Be aware of fire risks in dry harvest conditions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This season farmers are at high risk of having a field fire during corn harvest.The conditions present during harvest season include dry plant material and grain dust that are highly combustible. Hot equipment or engine sparks are great ignition sources. It is not uncommon for exhaust pipes or catalytic converters to exceed 1,000 degree F. Add a little wind and there is a perfect opportunity for a field fire.Being prepared to handle field fires is important for all workers and transport drivers. Combines, tractors, grain trucks, and pick-ups should all be equipped with a trustworthy fire extinguisher as the first lines of defense.Combines should carry an ABC 10-pound fire extinguisher in the cab and a larger 20-pound unit at the ground level. Tractors and trucks are recommended to have a five-pound minimum extinguisher available. These extinguishers should be in each vehicle in the field. Nothing is worse than watching the combine go up in flames while you’re running to the end of the field to retrieve the fire extinguisher on the grain cart. Having an extinguisher on each piece of equipment ensures you will be ready to react on the first signs of smoke. Don’t get caught with a false sense of securityIf you follow the recommendations and own enough fire extinguishers, then you must also follow the maintenance recommendations. Check the pressure gages periodically, making sure the needle remains in the “charged” zone. If a unit has been partially discharged, it must be fully recharged before using it again. Even a slight discharge can create a gap in the internal seal of the extinguisher valve, causing the pressure to leak out. The pressure needle may linger in the charged zone; however there may not be adequate pressure to expel the contents.Extinguishers could use a little shake a few times a year. By inverting the extinguisher and shaking it several times each season makes sure the powder doesn’t get lodged at the bottom of the unit. Equipment vibrations are notorious for compacting the reactive ingredients of fire extinguishers, making them worthless when they are needed.Extinguishers should also be inspected periodically by a fire professional. Fire service companies can be found in community directories. Your local fire department or insurance company can also point you in the right direction for service companies. Some extinguishers are not designed to be refilled, or are too old to be refilled. These units should be replaced when they expire. Having these old extinguishers around does no good when the time comes to pull the pin. Follow other fire prevention practicesIt is also important to keep machinery in good repair. Apply grease to bearings and oil chains regularly to reduce friction. It is recommended to perform maintenance checks at the end of the day, rather than at the beginning, to detect any hot smoldering areas that may break out into flames overnight.Keep machinery clean and free from plant materials, especially around the wrap points. Wipe up any fuel or oil leaks to eliminate additional fuel sources; and do not leave oily rags on equipment or in the cab.Use an air compressor or leaf blower to remove crop residue, and a pressure washer to remove built up oil or caked-on grease.Take time to cool down the equipment each night, and check for any hot spots. These steps can make a difference to save equipment, facilities, commodities, and lives.Being prepared to handle field fires is important for all workers. Having machinery equipped with a trustworthy fire extinguisher is one of the first lines of defense.Be fire smart, and have a safe harvest.last_img read more

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