(GCCI) President Nicholas BoyerAcknowledging that the passage of the No-Confidence Motion would delay the full implementation of the necessary frameworks ahead of first oil slated for early 2020, President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce (GCCI) Nicholas Boyer posited, however, that the governing coalition had sufficient time to put systems in place, especially since oil in commercial quantities was discovered simultaneously when it entered office over four years ago.“I don’t think we have the time but I think we should have been doing this from a while now because these things have been talked about for a year or two now. We can look at the date that the Petroleum Bill was laid over, we can look at the date the first consultant Anthony Paul was hired for the draft Local Content Policy. These didn’t start yesterday. So if I had to say if are we doing a good job in terms of implementing, (I’d say) no because we spent money, we’ve taken action and we failed (to put in place key regulatory infrastructures in place already),” Boyer told reporters on Wednesday.According to the GCCI President – who has always been critical of the pace at which preparation is being made for oil production— this failure is a result of the absence of pressure or push to get these things done.Another hindrance, Boyer contended, was the partisan approach that has been taken, such as in the Petroleum Commission Bill, which he said needed to be done in a national consensus way.“One of the big risks we have as Guyanese in our political climate is that the fight that’s going on is very acrimonious – the winner takes all. These things that we are discussing here has to be a national consensus… we can’t talk about development plans and they are going to be thrown out or not bought into. If we keep doing this in line with political cycles, we, the Guyanese, will be in trouble because we are losing out,” he stressed.The GCCI President noted that unless there is national consensus on important issues like the establishment of key legislative framework for the oil and gas sector, then matters such as a No-Confidence Motion will definitely have an impact on rolling out preparatory works.“(The Petroleum Commission) could’ve been implemented long before the No-Confidence Motion, and if it was bought to the Opposition by the Government – if they could have done it in a way to say “whatever fights we’re gonna have at elections time, let put that aside and let’s look at it as a national issue and come together”. They’d done it with Venezuela, to be fair, so there is example of that type of consensus before,” Boyer contended.Moreover, he went on to underscore the importance of having the necessary regulatory body, such as a Petroleum Commission, in place before first oil but noted that these bodies must be as independent as possible. The GCCI President pointed to the previous model of the Petroleum Commission Bill, which he said, gave too much ministerial control over the sector. To this end, he posited that management of this new resource needs to have very minimal political influence.“If anything, the headlines of the previous weeks have taught us is that this industry should be inoculated from political control as much as can be. You will always have some amount of political influence if you’re going to have an appointee to head the body. But if you take a model where that appointee is there for a period, outside of basic elections timeline, he can be relatively insulated and be comfortable that he can carry out his functions without fair of reprisal. Because at the end of the day, this is a national resource. This is not one political party’s or another political party’s resource,” the GCCI President stated.The Petroleum Commission of Guyana Bill was tabled in the National Assembly back in 2017 but had to be revised. Last year, Director of the Department of Energy within the Ministry of the Presidency had said that they were hoping to have the bill passed this year and establish the Commission.
Photo: This Quonset Hut was destroyed after a fire ripped through the building on Monday night – file photo by Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caThe Fort St. John RCMP detachment has confirmed that several items were stolen, prior to a fire that destroyed a building on 100th Street, on Monday night.On November 2nd, local fire crews and police officers attended a fire at the Albright Sandblasting & Steaming storage shop on 100th Street south.- Advertisement -Upon further investigation, police discovered that a large air compressor, a ‘Mig’ welder, and a red 2008 EI-Dee 16 foot river boat on an EZ load trailer were taken from the building sometime before the fire started.Constable Veysey says the RCMP continue to investigate the incident.[asset|aid=2093|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=b2c4aaffb6f3fdbceb6df93a78bd2956-Veysey 1_3_Pub.mp3]Officers have no suspects in connection to the stolen items.Advertisement Albright Sandblasting & Steaming owner Bonnie Goodvin says she feels violated after the turn of events.[asset|aid=2094|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=b2c4aaffb6f3fdbceb6df93a78bd2956-Bonnie Toodsin 1_1_Pub.mp3]Two steam trucks were destroyed in the fire, along with the storage building and other materials.On top of the devastation and the thefts, Goodvin says she may not receive an insurance settlement because the shop was not included in the company’s policy.Advertisement [asset|aid=2095|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=b2c4aaffb6f3fdbceb6df93a78bd2956-Bonnie Toodsin 2_1_Pub.mp3]Now, she says a sub-contractor will be hired, until the company gets back on its feet.Anyone with information relating to the thefts or the fire is asked to call the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 250-787-8140.
Finn Harps travel to City Calling Stadium to take on Longford Town as league action returns following the mid-season break.Before the break Harps recorded a first win in ten matches with a brace from Sean Houstan and one from Ryan Curran earning Harps the points, their previous victory having come against Bray Wanderers at Finn Park on April 15th.Last Friday night Harps played Cliftonville in a friendly, with the Belfast side winning 1-0 at Solitude. Harps manager Ollie Horgan wasn’t getting carried away after the Sligo win, noting that “we didn’t get too down after some of the bad days and we aren’t getting carried away just because things went our way against Sligo.”“We got that vital first goal and managed to build from there” said Horgan on the Sligo game, “It’s another three points closer to safety but there’s a long way to go and Longford is another massive game”.“We have struggled to get results in Longford in recent years and this will be equally as difficult. It’s the sort of game they’ll be targeting to kick start their league campaign.”Friday night will see the return of Paul Hegarty to the touchline as he replaces Gavin Dykes as assistant manager. “Gavin got the offer from Ballinamallard and it was a priority for us to get an experienced replacement in quickly”, said Horgan. “I’m pleased to get someone local who’s as experienced and knowledgeable as Paul is in so quickly and he’ll be important for us as we look to stay in this division”.Paul Hegarty is the third former Harps manager to serve as assistant to Horgan, with James Gallagher and the recently departed Gavin Dykes having previously filled the role.When the sides last met back in March it was Harps that took the points in a tight game, as a Ryan Curran penalty was enough for Harps to take the win, albeit Longford fashioned late chances to secure a point.Longford’s last game was a 0-0 draw at Bray Wanderers, while before that they lost to high flying Cork City and beat Waterford United in the FAI Cup. In a televised game on Friday the 13th they lead St Patrick’s Athletic on three separate occasions only to find themselves pegged back each time.Harps will be missing Dave Scully through suspension as he has reached 8 yellow cards while Adam Hanlon will miss the game through injury. Sean Houstan and Damien McNulty are both doubtful for the game as they look to shake off knocks. TEAM NEWSSuspended: Dave ScullyDoubtful: Sean Houstan, Damien McNultyInjured: Adam HanlonRECORD AGAINST LONGFORD TOWN (All Competitions)Saturday’s game will be the 83rd meeting of the two clubs, and the 44th to be played in Longford.Total Games: 82 (40 in Longford)Harps Wins: 36 (15 in Longford)Longford Wins: 24 (14 in Longford)Draws: 22 (10 in Longford)Harps Goals: 129 (55 in Longford)Longford Goals: 90 (49 in Longford)HARPS RETURN TO ACTION AS THEY FACE LONGFORD was last modified: June 23rd, 2016 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)
The home pitch of a well-known soccer club is in desperate need of repair or it will be unable to continue using it as a home base for youngsters.Kilmacrennan Celtic FC have recently launched a campaign to raise money to carry out essential and badly needed repairs to the community football pitch in Kilmacrennan’s Lurgy Park.This picturesque football pitch, located on the banks of the River Lurgy in the centre of Kilmacrennan was first opened in 1990 and has served generations of footballers well in the twenty six years since its development. The parish of Kilmacrennan has a proud history of providing opportunities to play football to its young people and the current club committee are determined to continue that tradition.Lurgy Park has been used over recent seasons for underage football and creates a unique atmosphere for young footballers and spectators being located in a hollow circled by the river and by trees, and many people have positive memories of having played there.Unfortunately the condition of the pitch and its changing facilities have deteriorated in recent years to a state where the club must now act to upgrade Lurgy Park or it will be unable to continue using it as a home base for the club.The club committee are currently considering options for the development and expansion of the club and top and immediate priority for the committee is the upgrading of Lurgy Park. Among the urgent works that must be carried out in this first phase of redevelopment include the draining and resurfacing of the pitch and the essential upgrading of the changing rooms. These are essential to the ability of the club to continue to meet its objective of providing sporting and recreational opportunities to the youth in Kilmacrennan and its surrounding areas.The committee have a provisional target of €5,000 to carry out these essential repairs in the first phase of the development of Lurgy Park and to help fund this project an online fundraising campaign has been established.The Kilmcarennan Celtic football club committee are urging people to help them achieve their aim through supporting their campaign by donating through the “gofundme” website and by helping to spread word of their online campaign through liking and sharing the link for the campaign through social media.The campaign can be accessed through the following linkhttps://www.gofundme.com/upgrade-kilmacrenan-football-pitch?ssid=812417296&pos=1Well-known soccer club faces red card if it doesn’t get vital repairs was last modified: November 30th, 2016 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:donegalkilmacrennanLarge Parkreapirs
THE YEAR is ending on a high note for Donegal rockers Mojo GoGo.Their debut single Like The Sun has been picked in a prestigious line-up of the top 20 singles of 2012.Not bad for a single just released a few weeks ago.But goldenpleck.com has listed as No17 in its top 20 – you can see the entire list here http://www.goldenplec.com/goldenplec-top-20-irish-singles-2012/. Jordan Carty will be back in his native Donegal Town on December 27th to play the Abbey Hotel along with fellow band members Keelin Gallagher, Niki Pollock and Paul Rodgers.**************DONEGALDAILY.COM ONLINE SAFETY:Are you being trolled by idiotic morons?Get help5 Most Effective Ways To Deal With Arrogant Internet Trolls DONEGAL BAND MOJO GOGO HAVE SINGLE NAMED IN TOP 20 OF THE YEAR was last modified: December 18th, 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:DONEGAL BAND MOJO GOGO HAVE SINGLE NAMED IN TOP 20 OF THE YEAR
An unusual visitor paid the penalty on a visit to a Co Donegal school.The frightened fox just seconds before it was released from the football net at Errigal College.The normally canny fox found himself trapped in a football net when he visited Errigal College in Letterkenny.The frightened animal was noticed by pupils and staff at the school yesterday morning. A plan of action was hatched in a bid to return the fox back to the wilds.Teacher Michael McMenamin and pupil Ciaran Cleary had to exercise caution as the frightened fox was snapping.The lads eventually managed to free the tangled animal from the netting using a snips.Teacher Hugo Dorrian said it was a case of teacher and pupils coming together to “out-fox” the creature. “It did cause a bit of excitement for a while but the lads had to be careful because the fox was snapping.“When they eventually managed to free him, he took off like a shot through the fields.‘Thankfully it wasn’t hurt and he can live to play football on the Errigal College football field another day,” laughed Hugo.Errigal College in Letterkenny. UNUSUAL VISITOR IS OUT-FOXED DURING VISIT TO DONEGAL SCHOOL was last modified: October 1st, 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:donegalerrigal collegefoxletterkennytrapped
Deputy Padraig Mac LochlainnSinn Féin Spokesperson on Justice and Equality Pádraig MacLochlainn has welcomed the findings of the independent review group’s report into the Department of Justice and Equality.The report has found the department had significant leadership and management problems and recommends a programme for organisational and cultural change and renewal. It said a culture of secrecy exists in the DepartmentThe Donegal TD said that the Government cannot shirk their responsibility for the serious failings in the Department. Deputy MacLochlainn said: “The findings of this report highlight what we already knew about the ‘closed, secretive and silo driven culture’ within the Department of Justice and Equality.“However, we also know that the political management of the Department by those who were democratically elected by the people was an absolute shambles. This is shown by the startling revelation that former Justice Minister Alan Shatter, who was in office for over three years, didn’t once meet with the Chief Inspector of the Garda Inspectorate Bob Olson.“The report unfortunately doesn’t clarify what happened on the now infamous night where the then General Secretary Brian Purcell was dispatched by his political masters to the house of former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan which clearly led to his resignation the next morning.“So what we have had since then is a situation where the Minister himself and the Secretary General have had to move aside. We need the Taoiseach to urgently clarify what the message delivered was that night. We want answers. “The confidence within the Department has been eroded and this has had a knock on effect on the delivery of policing and justice in this state.“This report shows that there is a need for a new approach to the administration of policing and justice across the island.“What has been uncovered amounts to very deep-rooted and systemic deficiencies within senior levels of An Garda Síochána and other institutions of the state.“In May of this year, Sinn Féin published our policy document ‘A New Beginning to Policing – Proposals for Reform’ that outlined our recommendations on how to reform the current system and, in light of this report, I once again urge Minister Frances Fitzgerald to take them on board and consider their implementation.” GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBLE FOR SERIOUS FAILINGS IN JUSTICE DEPARTMENT – Mac LOCHLAINN was last modified: July 28th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Department of JusticePadraig Mac Lochlainnreview
South African surfer and endurance athlete Chris Bertish has become the first person in the world to singlehandedly cross the Atlantic Ocean on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP). He paddled more than 7,000km in 93 days.South African endurance athlete Chris Bertish encountered the dangerous might of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as overcame mental and physical challenges during his world-record paddleboard crossing from December 2016 to March 2017. (Image: Chris Bertish website)CD AndersonFollowing almost five years of preparation for the once-in-a-lifetime voyage, Chris Bertish’s epic trip began on 6 December 2016 in Agadir, Morocco, armed only with his will to succeed and a custom-made 6m paddleboard that incorporated a small living cabin powered by solar panels.In addition to facing days and nights alone on the open water, Bertish encountered extreme weather conditions (hot, wet days and cold nights), 7m wave swells and relentless currents, giant cargo ships and close calls with some scary ocean creatures.South African endurance athlete Chris Bertish encountered the dangerous might of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as overcame mental and physical challenges during his world-record paddleboard crossing from December 2016 to March 2017. (Image: Chris Bertish website)Travelling through the Canary Islands, Bertish faced off with whales and squid, inquisitive about his vessel. “I was getting pulled down through waves by a creature,” Bertish explained at a press conference at the end of his journey in Antigua, on 9 March 2017. “It was like something out of some science fiction film.”This was not Bertish’s first foray into extreme water sport. Over the last 25 years, he has become something of a legend in South African and international surfing communities, being one of the few surfers to master and win the notoriously dangerous Mavericks Big Wave surfing competition in California, US, where some of biggest waves recorded reach over 16m.South African endurance athlete Chris Bertish encountered the dangerous might of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as overcame mental and physical challenges during his world-record paddleboard crossing from December 2016 to March 2017. (Image: Chris Bertish website)Bertish also holds a number of South African and world records for endurance stand-up paddling. In preparation for his Atlantic crossing, in 2013 Bertish set a world record for the fastest English Channel crossing on a paddleboard in five and half hours.During his Atlantic crossing, Bertish paddled an average of 70km, 12 hours a day, and up to 100km during the final week of the journey. In one 15-hour day, he paddled 115km, setting up another world record for distance travelled on a paddleboard in a single day.South African endurance athlete Chris Bertish encountered the dangerous might of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as overcame mental and physical challenges during his world-record paddleboard crossing from December 2016 to March 2017. (Image: Chris Bertish website)“It was…pretty incredible, driven by a passion and a purpose greater than yourself, and that powered me to get through everything, day in and day out,” said Bertish in a Skype interview with National Geographic.While he slept well in his small cabin, surviving on freeze-dried food packs and energy supplements took a toll on his body. Exhaustion can be a make-or-break factor in any human endurance endeavour, and Bertish needed to find a balance in physical and mental health to have any hope of completing the journey. He had to be prepared for anything fate and the ocean were going to throw at him. “It’s more than the endurance side that was difficult to keep going. I had to manage the elements and manage myself mentally. I had massive system malfunctions that I was trying to troubleshoot myself.”And his efforts were all for a good cause. Representing various charities, including the Signature of Hope Trust, the Lunchbox Foundation and Operation Smile, Bertish used the high-profile endeavour to raise funds to build schools in South Africa, fund youth feeding schemes and create awareness of life-changing cleft-palate surgeries. During his trip, he raised almost R6-million, even taking donations from fellow ocean travellers he met while at sea.“Knowing the impact this would have,” Bertish told National Geographic, “made every day out on the open ocean worthwhile.”At the end of his epic trip, Bertish, who is also a much sought-after motivational speaker, wrote on his Facebook timeline: “The more time I can spend in the ocean, in any shape or form, the better. I’m a waterman and the ocean is my inspiration. It’s where I truly feel alive, comfortable, content, happy and free.“Nothing is impossible, unless you believe it to be.”In between preparing a book about and a documentary on the record-setting Atlantic quest, Bertish has now got his sights on his next challenge: conquering the vast Pacific Ocean in 2020.South African endurance athlete Chris Bertish encountered the dangerous might of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as overcame mental and physical challenges during his world-record paddleboard crossing from December 2016 to March 2017. (Image: Chris Bertish website)Source: National Geographic, Huffington Post Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… alex williams Related Posts Tags:#cloud#news A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… We are at the Microsoft campus in Seattle today for a Future of Productivity Council event. We are hearing from Kurt DelBene, president of the Microsoft office team. We’ll be looking for how the team sees Office fitting with the cloud and Web apps.DelBene is presenting some of the numbers:Microsoft Office 2010 is now the fastest selling version of Office in history.More than 30 million people use the Office Web application.More tham 100 million SharePoint licenses sold to more than 17,000 customers.73% of enterprises in the United States currently use Exchange as primary email system.DelBene says the the company is still up in the air about if people are happy to go Twitter or Facebook or if people want a combined experience.Office 365 is in limited beta. It is on track to launch later this year.3:40 p.m.: delBene says the company is focused on using the Web to optimize its apps for the iPad.3:42 p.m.: In a Microsoft context, opening attachements are how most web applications are used. Anywhere access to content is the future, though. But for now the numbers show that people use apps for opening attachments.3:47: The cloud is the megatrend affecting how people work:By 2016, 43% of information workers in the United States will telecommute.In 2011, the digital universe will be 10 times the size of what it was in 2006.Social networks and blogs now account for more than 20% of time spent online.3:57 p.m.: Microsoft is trying to make data a more natural part of work. Goal is to make data visualizations easy for anyone to create. But there is lots to learn about what people want with data. As Office 365 goes to market it will be interesting to see what features people use. In first round, they are seeing people want statistics about email flow and other usages for the services offered about the platform.4:02 p.m.: Power Point was surprise feature of the new release for Microsoft Office 2010. People like the broadcast feature and syncing capabilities for people to share presentations. It’s another example for how the cloud is used and the importance of the Web applications for the company.They see multiple uses for Web apps being used as a platform. 4:04 p.m.: People like the ability of using the Web to access Office 365 instead of dialing into a corporate server.4:15 p.m. Mary Jo Foley is asking about the next version of Microsoft Office. What are executives thinking? Will it be Microsoft Office 2015 or she joked, will it be Microsoft Next? DelBene mentioned 2015 without much detail beyond that.4:25 p.m. Very minor developments are made to BPOS every 90 days.The more major releases happens every few years. Shipping according to that frequency is done because that is what the customers want. Cadence is adjusted to how people want the updates.4:31 p.m.: The cloud is interesting to all of Microsoft’s customers. Every ounce of functionality will be in the cloud. Mail will go first and other apps will follow. More customers are choosing Microsoft and are going to the cloud on their terms. In the nine month discussion of engagement, customers will find they are not ready but they want to reserve the right to go to the cloud on their own terms. Starbucks runs Exchange on premise. They did ship 7,000 laptops to stores.Those laptop are used with cloud-based services.That’s it! Have a great weekend!Travel and hotel expenses were covered for Alex Williams to attend Microsoft’s Future of Productivity event. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Inspectors making unreasonable demandsInside, the framing was clean and matched up to the full set of documents and the cut list that the owner/architect prepared. They incorporated some good advanced framing techniques, including header hangers instead of jack studs, right-sized headers, and 19.2-inch-on-center framing.They also used open corners and eliminated excess cripple studs under windowsills. Unfortunately, they were thwarted by an uninformed building inspector who made them install the unnecessary lumber in these locations. Apparently no amount of persuasion or letters from their engineers could change the inspector’s mind.This is the first house I have worked on to use mini-split heat pumps for space conditioning. They are using the ducted cassettes, with two in the crawlspace and two in the attic for good zone control. Incorporated into all the duct systems is a central dehumidifier that will also provide whole-house ventilation – a good option in this relatively mild but humid climate. Location, location, locationThis house is right-sized, well conceived, and carefully built – things that I see to rarely in my work. The only thing that raises some concern is the location. At the edge of a recently developed subdivision, it isn’t in a walker-friendly area, and while there is a school nearby, all other amenities require driving (or unpleasant walking).The location also raised another issue that doesn’t seem to come up in green building certifications. As the green rater on projects, I often drive as far as five hours to inspect my projects. Although I only visit a site a few times during the process, these long distances come with an environmental impact – one at least as important as the location of materials used in projects.Is it time to consider travel distances into environmental impacts of LEED and other green-certified projects? I haven’t yet taken on any truly long-distance or international projects, but more distance means more transportation energy, and additional overall environmental impact on the job. I know that this issue isn’t addressed in the current or next version of LEED, but is it something to consider down the road? I recently completed the green rater’s pre-drywall inspection on a LEED for homes project about a 1½ hour drive from where I live. It’s a very well done, modest house designed by an architect for his own, rapidly growing family. They are expecting their second child soon and look forward to moving into their new LEED home shortly after the new arrival.My first impression on arriving at the job site was the flurry of activity – there were at least eight workers plugging away at siding, masonry, and building a deck on this fairly small house. A close look at the work they were doing made it clear that the builder runs a good operation. The jobsite was clean, workers cutting the fiber-cement siding were wearing appropriate protective gear, and the level of detail and quality of installation on the exterior trim were top-notch.