Recommendations made for miners assistance scheme

first_imgDraft mineral sector policy– paved hinterland road networks among proposals The Natural Resources Ministry has released its draft National Mineral Sector Policy Framework, which covers the years 2019 to 2029. Included in the policy are several proposals for improving the mining sector.According to the recently released policy document, recommendations include a miner’s assistance scheme, paved hinterland road networks and an Inspector General’s Office for the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC).According to the document, “most small scale mining enterprises lack the required level of capitalisation, mechanisation and technical application.” The document notes that assistance could take several forms, including loan and equity-based financing schemes, hire-purchase schemes, donor and Government support schemes and providing financing through cooperation between small and large-scale miners and through buyer credit schemes.The document gives some details about this proposal, noting that priority treatment can be given to miners without such equipment, to syndicates and other partnership arrangements, as well as the granting of waivers on all duties for targeted equipment.Providing justification for this proposal, the document recommends miners lodge partial collateral, set at a percentage of the cost price of the equipment. This collateral, according to the policy, could be land, a cash bond or a freeze on the account of a guarantor, with little to no interest on repayments and a grace period before the first payment of instalment.It also proposes “a repayment scheme that awards points to the miner for gold declarations over a certain amount. The higher the declaration, the more the Government reduces the debt (and a) reward for quick payback of debt in the form of a full transfer of ownership of the equipment to the miner if a large amount of the debt, for example, 80 per cent, is repaid within a short period.AuctioningThe document also recommends auctioning off all reclaimed equipment by the State, with a pre-set floor price to create a level playing field. Besides the miner’s assistance scheme, a proposal is also made for upgraded training and extension services to miners.The document proposes “building on the experience, outputs (in particular the codes of practice) and recommendations of the GENCAPD (Guyana Environmental and Capacity Development) field studies, the Responsible Mining initiative of Conservation International, and other such projects.”It also recommends expanding waivers for green mining technologies and expanding the Guyana Mining School. To make more land available, the document also recommends ways of discouraging persons sitting idly on mining blocks, instead of actually mining.In addition, the document speaks to a national geo-data acquisition and dissemination program. According to the document, national decisions pertaining to the mining sector must rely on objective data collection.In the case of the poor state of hinterland roads, the policy document acknowledgThe proposals are aimed at putting the gold mining sector back on the right trackes that this is a challenge miners must grapple with. It acknowledges that small and medium scale miners could significantly lower their transportation costs with better road networks.Last year, the Natural Resources Ministry had announced that with the support of the GGMC, it would be moving forward with the maintenance of several roads in hinterland communities that were in a deplorable state. These rehabilitative works were to be done in collaboration with the Public Infrastructure Ministry.At the beginning of June 2018, six road contracts valued at over $650 million were awarded to various contractors for the maintenance of the Rockstone-Mabura, Kurupukari-Annai-Lethem, and the Linden-Ituni-Kwakwani roads. This is in addition to a previous contract that was awarded to JR Ranch for the Manari Bridge realignment in Region Nine, Rupununi, which was valued at $83 million.Particularly, rehabilitation of the Linden-Ituni-Kwakwani Road in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) was supposed to recommence at the end of the May-June rainy season. The contracts were awarded for repairs to the roads to International Imports and Supplies to the tune of $239.7 million.Calls have been made for assistance, whether in the form of better roads or capital financing, for the mining sector for some time. Earlier this month, a drop in declarations for last year compared to 2017 had been announced.As of December 31, 2018, total declarations from all sources amount to 613,073 ounces, which was 6.22 per cent lower than the figures from 2017. Additionally, the foreign exchange value of exports processed on behalf of dealers and the Guyana Gold Board (GGB) came to US$443,961,666.The GGB has meanwhile projected that for 2019, declarations and exportations will be at 651,000 ounces.Many have posited that for a country that derives so much foreign currency earnings from the mining sector, maintaining this sector’s performance is vital for a balanced economy when oil and gas revenue starts rolling in. (Jarryl Bryan)last_img read more

Encana reward brings in more bombing tips

first_imgDozens of tips have been reported following a large cash reward announcement by Encana Corporation.The company is offering up to 500 thousand dollars to resolve the pipeline bombings in the South Peace. Sgt. Tim Shields on the reported tips…- Advertisement – [asset|aid=817|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=6a38a3922166a774eb6c735dfb214b33-tim shields 1_1_Pub.mp3] He says there have been over three dozen tips since the reward was offered last Tuesday. The RCMP also investigated eight people caught on camera at a Shoppers Drug Mart. Advertisement Shields says those people have been investigated. [asset|aid=818|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=6a38a3922166a774eb6c735dfb214b33-tim shields 2_1_Pub.mp3] If you have any information regarding the pipeline bombings, call 1-866-994-7473.last_img read more

Sunderland star set to miss the rest of the season

first_imgSunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini is unlikely to play again this season after undergoing surgery on an ankle injury.The 29-year-old had an operation on Thursday on the injury that flared back up in the FA Cup replay win at Fulham earlier this month, and has been ruled out for a minimum of 12 weeks.Black Cats boss Gus Poyet confirmed the loss of the Italian – who played a role in his side’s successful survival mission from the bench last season – but said surgery was the only option.Poyet said: “He (Giaccherini) was like a new player in pre-season – he came back really strong and started the new season very well.“Then he got an injury which took him a while to come back from, and when he was coming back he got another kick in the same place which made the medical staff take the decision to have the operation.“Towards the end (of last season) when we did the miracle he was a very, very important player – he was coming from the bench and changing games.“It’s tough but I think it’s the risk of forward players. We need to be sure he is 100 per cent and we wish him well and hope he will make a full recovery.”Poyet has a number of injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s trip to Manchester United, with Billy Jones, Jack Rodwell and Will Buckley all battling to be passed fit. 1last_img read more

DONE DEAL! Andros Townsend completes £12m Newcastle switch

first_img 2 Newcastle United have completed the signing of Andros Townsend from Tottenham for £12million.The 24-year-old England international completed his medical with the Magpies on Wednesday and has penned a five-year contract at St James’ Park.It is reported his new deal is worth a reported £55,000-a-week – over three times more than his wage at Spurs.Townsend’s move brings an end to a 16-year career at the north London club, who he joined at the age of eight, though his departure has long been expected.The winger has cut a frustrated figure at White Hart Lane this season having fallen out-of-favour under manager Mauricio Pochettino, while he was exiled from the first-team earlier this term following a clash with one of the Argentine’s coaching staff.Having not played since October, Pochettino admitted earlier this month that Townsend was likely to leave, and after travelling up north for his medical this week he has finally sealed the deal.Townsend said: “I’m delighted to be here. Newcastle United is a fantastic club with great fans, a great stadium and great tradition.“As soon as I heard Newcastle were interested in me, there was only one place I wanted to go so I can’t wait to get started.”Townsend’s arrival represents another boost for under-pressure McClaren, who has been desperate to add proven Premier League quality to his squad to assist in the fight for top-flight survival.The winger joins former Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey in arriving at St James’ Park this month and now faces the task of reviving his career on Tyneside, no doubt with one eye on the Euro 2016 finals.McClaren said: “Bringing Andros to the club is a great signing. He is a very good talent who is a current England international and should be one for years to come, too.“Andros is a winger with an old-fashioned style. He can play on the right or the left, is two-footed, quick, very direct and loves taking on defenders and crossing the ball.“He feels he has a lot to prove and I can’t wait to see him do that in a Newcastle shirt.”Newcastle currently sit inside the bottom three, two points from safety with just 15 games to play and facing a battle to preserve their top-flight status.Townsend appeared to say goodbye to Tottenham with this post on Twitter on Tuesday Andros Townsend center_img 2last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL DAILY’S COSMETIC MEDICAL COLUNIST: ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS – WHAT ARE THEY?Over time the normal movement of our facial muscles naturally causes creases and folds. At first these skin creases are seen only with movement (dynamic lines), but as we age these can become permanent lines or deep wrinkles (static lines).Anti-wrinkle injections (commonly known as Botox®) work by relaxing the facial muscles to temporarily reduce their movement under the skin to soften the appearance of deep facial lines. Injections last on average 3-4 months.One of the most common areas to be treated on the face is the frown area (or ‘eleven’ lines between the eyebrows). Overactivity of this area can cause some people to look angry or tired when they are neither.The crow’s feet area around the eyes is also commonly treated with anti-wrinkle injections. Dr. Róisín Fitzgerald of Letterkenny’s private Ballsbridge Medical Aesthetic Clinic has completed advanced training in the UK (including London’s Harley Street) in anti-wrinkle injections for the face and neck, as well as other treatments including dermal fillers.For further information and FAQs see or Facebook at .Why not treat yourself to a free no obligation consultation to find out if anti-wrinkle injections might be for you.DONEGAL DAILY’S COSMETIC MEDICAL COLUMNIST: TIME TO BANISH THAT FROWN! was last modified: June 21st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessCosmeticDonegal DailyFeaturesMedical Columnistnewslast_img read more


first_imgHappy Days in ClonesTRIPS to Clones for Donegal fans will soon be a thing of the past – unless the county is actually drawn to play Monaghan away.The GAA’s Director General Paraic Duffy says the new Casement Park will be the natural home of Ulster football finals and other big provincial games including semi-finals.The Belfast venue is to become a 38,000 all-seater stadium and is due to be completed in 2016 at a cost of £76m. The Ulster final is usually staged at Clones in Monaghan, although from 2004 to 2006 it was played at Croke Park to accommodate a larger capacity.“It is inevitable Casement will become home of big GAA events,” said Duffy.“It is a cause for concern for the people of Monaghan and Clones but, if Casement Park is going to be developed to the high specification which has been outlined, that will make it the premier stadium in the province.“All the big games and Ulster finals will go to Casement – that is the truth of it.” It is believed the redevelopment scheme at Casement Park will be a huge boost to the economy of west Belfast, creating hundreds of jobs.The move will be welcomed by fans in north Donegal – with Belfast in easy reach in less than two hours.But the Casement venue will be less attractive to fans in the south of the county for whom Clones was easier to reach. NEW 38,000-SEATER CASEMENT WILL END DONEGAL FANS’ CLONES TRIPS was last modified: April 25th, 2013 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:000-SEATER CASEMENT WILL END DONEGAL FANS’ CLONES TRIPSNEW 38last_img read more

Giving thanks to vets

first_imgLA MIRADA – When Manny Cota came home after serving in Vietnam, he didn’t get a parade or any kind of recognition.La Mirada’s third annual Veterans’ Observance Monday kind of made up for it, said Cota, 63, of Whittier.“This gave us something we lacked from Vietnam,” said Cota, who was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division in the U.S. Army from 1964-66.About 450 people – many veterans and family members – attended the show at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.The show featured entertainment from local schools, the Navy Band Southwest Brass Quintet and a video presentation of the Veterans’ History Project where veterans talk about their experiences.In addition, some veterans brought their memorabilia to display.“What we’re trying to do is recognize the contributions that veterans have made to our nation and community for many many years,” said Tom Robinson, director of community services for the city.“We’re providing some entertainment, but we’re also giving an opportunity to see what others have done, share their personal experiences and remember their sacrifices,” Robinson said.Veterans enjoy the event, said Ted Proffitt, 85, of La Mirada, a past commander of the La Mirada Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9148.“The vets I talk to love it,” said Proffitt who has been involved in organizing the event since it started. “For once they’re getting recognition. The Vietnam boys didn’t recognition when they came home. Even World War II veterans like to get recognized.”The event attracted veterans from World War II and those still in service.Cpl. Darrin Offringa of Irvine, a member of the Marine Corps, said he was impressed by the show.“It’s really nice to have a community to come out in support,” said Offringa, who attended with his fiancee, Jennifer Schroyer, of La Mirada. “It’s really uplifting.”Larry Banuelos, 81, of Pico Rivera, a World War II veteran, said even World War II veterans liked the acknowledgment.“This is great,” Banuelos said. “You have all these fellas from the second world war and they want their recognition, too.”, Ext. 3022 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Happy leap second!

first_imgVALENCIA – A huge quake rupturing Earth’s crust, heavy snow in Siberia or even high winds in the Andes Mountains can alter the planet’s rotation and change time, if only by a single second. And for people like retired astronomer Skip Newhall, a second is a big deal – big enough that he’s planning his first, and possibly last, “leap second” party today at his Valencia home to note the extra blink of the clock between 3:59:59 and 4:00:00 p.m. local time. “We’re going to have 30, 35 people,” Newhall said Friday. “I’ve got three different time readouts. One will have a 60 in the second spot – clocks don’t usually do that – and I have a couple of clocks that aren’t going to read right. “I’m going to have everyone give a chorus of ‘boos’ for those.” “This might never happen again in our lifetime, in our great-great-great grandchildren’s lifetime,” he said. Sitting in his living room among an eyepopping collection of electronics, run by some 10 remote controls lined up on his coffee table, are the three clocks that he has labeled by manufacturer and system of timekeeping. To the untrained eye, they differ by the color of the readouts: teal, amber and red. It took some research in recent weeks for Newhall to determine which of his three antenna-tuned atomic-digital clocks (he also has a standard face clock and two atomic watches – one for each wrist) would accurately reflect the time when the leap second occurred. The lower-tech Spectracom red numeral clock was the only one whose manufacturer said testing had showed the 60 would appear in the seconds slot. The others, by the same manufacturer, will either hold 59 or 00 for an extra second. “I want to scold them for not doing a better job,” he said of Symmetricom clocks. Newhall, a descendant of the Santa Clarita Valley’s pioneering family, was an astronomer for Jet Propulsion Laboratory for 35 years before retiring eight years ago. It’s a safe bet he was never late for work. He spends hours a week in his roomful of computers, noting he gets about 800 hits a second on his Web site ( from users who want to know real time, mainly to set computer clocks. A watch that’s a few minutes off is intolerable to Newhall, who said he’s matured beyond the days when such an inaccuracy would trigger his adrenaline. And while super-accurate time isn’t crucial to the average person, it matters for those who launch satellites or work power grids, Mosley said. “When you’re switching energy grids, you’ve got to be dead-on,” he said. “When you and I go shopping for chicken, it doesn’t matter so much.” Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 ONLINE Check out Skip Newhall’s Web site at To see when leap seconds have been added since 1972, go to 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Leap seconds have been occurring since 1972 in either January or June – every one to seven or so years as needed to maintain Earth, not man-made clocks, as the ultimate timekeeper, said John Mosley, an astronomer at the Griffith Park Observatory. The leap second is actually aimed at midnight, Greenwich Mean Time. But now there is talk among the world’s weights and measures agencies of abandoning the practice of adding seconds as needed to keep up with Earth’s imprecise rotation, Mosley said. Proponents say it would be a simpler way of keeping time. The astronomy community argues that Earth, not humans, should dictate time, even though it means adding a second every few years. “If you let a mechanical clock be the ultimate source, it’s simpler, but then the Earth is going to get out of sync with the calendar,” Mosley said. “The problem is March starts happening when it’s still winter. It’s sort of like abandoning the gold standard when you abandon the Earth as the time standard.” For Newhall, he’s billing his get-together as possibly the last time anyone alive now will experience a leap second. If the world’s time gurus determine it would be simpler to catch up with Earth by adding a leap hour, it would be about 3,600 years before the seconds added up, he said. last_img read more


first_imgThe skipper of the Arranmore Ferry has been fined €350 and disqualified from driving for two years for drink-driving.Letterkenny court.James Bonner, 62, appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday to face the charge which relates to an incident on October 20th 2012. Gardai told the court they stopped a car at Tully Mountain, Ballyare, outside Letterkenny at around 9.10pm.Officers said they suspected the man who was driving the BMW car had consumed alcohol and asked him to undertake a breath test which he failed.Solicitor for Mr Bonner, Gerard Doyle told the court that his client was a very well-known local character who was involved in maritime activities and was involved in many local rescue missions.“He has brought nothing but positivity to the area,” added Mr Doyle.He said he suffered from a hiatus hernia and that he had suffered from reflux which may or may not have affected the breath test on the evening.Mr Bonner had worked on the ferry for 12 years and no had no previous convictions for any offence.Mr Doyle said the accused did not live in Burtonport and from where the ferry sailed and needed his car to get to work.He asked for a postponement of the mandatory disqualification until after the summer season.Judge Paul Kelly fined Mr Bonner €350 and disqualified him from driving for two years but deferred the ban until October 7th.SKIPPER OF ARRANMORE FERRY IS BANNED FOR DRINK-DRIVING was last modified: April 7th, 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:Arranmore Ferrycourtdonegaldrink drivingGardaiJames Bonnerlast_img read more


first_imgThe Donegal Fire Service has issued an urgent appeal about the proper fitting of stoves in homes.Stoves should be checked regularly.It follows an increase in the number of housefires across the county, which the fire service believe are related to these stoves.A spokesman for the fire service said these fires can be avoided using some simple common sense. The spokesman said “Donegal Fire Service has noticed a rise in fires involving multi-fuel stoves in domestic dwellings. Some of these were serious and caused significant fire damage to the structure of the dwellings. This may be down to inappropriate installation or lack of maintenance.“In particular this is the case with respect to retro fitting of these heating appliances to existing homes where metal flues or similar are fitted to run through existing construction or are enclosed in timber stud and plasterboard construction.“A minimum separation distance must be maintained from the flue to any combustible construction, to prevent ignition through radiant heat.”The spokesman added that if you intend to have a stove installed, please ensure that you employ a competent person and that the appliance is installed in accordance with Technical Guidance Document Part J of the Building Regulations. These regulations also require that carbon monoxide detectors are provided in the room where the appliance is situated and in any room in which the flue passes through.If your stove is used every day, the flue or chimney may need to be cleaned more than once a year depending on the type of fuel burned.A competent person should be employed to ensure that this is done properly as a build up of soot particles is a common cause of chimney/flue fires. If you need further assistance you can call the Donegal Fire Service, High Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal. Tel: (074) 91 21676 or e-mail: fireservice@donegalcoco.ieFIRE SERVICE WARNS ABOUT USE OF STOVES AFTER INCREASE IN HOUSE FIRES was last modified: March 19th, 2015 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:dangerdonegalDONEGAL FIRE SERVICEFIREShomeSTOVESWarninglast_img read more