The Iwokrama International Centre recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Guyana (UG) to support a PhD scholarship under a science programme funded by ExxonMobil.Iwokrama Chief Executive Officer Dane Gobin; UG Centre for Biological Diversity Director, Dr Guyanpriya Maharaj and former Faculty of Natural Sciences Dean and Iwokrama Science Committee member Calvin BernardThe student, Arianne Harris, will work with the Centre under its science programme’s biodiversity project while completing work in fulfilment of the requirements for a PhD degree in biodiversity from UG.Her research involves understanding how bird and bat species respond to forestry practices, and what role these animals play in helping the forest to regenerate following commercial activities.To date, the Iwokrama Science Committee has done some of the most pioneering work in this area, and Harris’s research will continue to build on this.She will be supervised by a UG team as well as scientists from the United Kingdom and United States who are on Iwokrama’s Science Committee.ExxonMobil has been a significant supporter of the Iwokrama Science Programme, providing some US$600,000 in funding since 2017.In addition to the biodiversity project, the Centre is also implementing a hydrology programme at Iwokrama and in the Rupununi Savannahs.Other outputs from the Science Programme include outreach activities, capacity building and awareness programmes for the local communities; the production of a “legal field guide for natural resource practitioners” – Guyana’s first; and the development of Guyana’s first 3D map of community lands (Fairview Village).The Centre recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of the offer of the Iwokrama Forest for research into climate change and sustainable development by the Government of Guyana to the international community at the 1989 Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Malaysia.
GuySuCo’s $30 billion bond…interest higher than on treasury billsThe Private Placement Memorandum for the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) $30 billion bond is now with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo. In revealing his thoughts, Jagdeo said that he was shocked by the contents of the agreement, which now leaves more questions than answers.Jagdeo reminded that several things were said about the agreement. At one time it was called a bond then a loan and then it was later revealed that Government pledged the assets of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), because the Government did not give any explanations.“I’ve had a copy of the Private Placement Memorandum for the bond – the $30 billion bond and I was shocked,” the Opposition Leader said recently, noting that in reading the memo, he came across details that the proceeds would be used to fund long-term projects and capital expenditure.Jagdeo, an economist by training, said the general perception was that Government was raising $30 billion to spend on GuySuCo, on the remaining three estates. However, the memo tells a different story, as it has stated explicitly that the $30 billion that they agreed to will go to long-term projects instead.“We don’t know what the projects are as yet, but you would recall that this bond is only for five years. So, they’re borrowing on a short to medium term, for long-term projects. You tend to match your borrowing with the life of the project. Normally, we would borrow on concessional terms for long term-projects.”He used the example of the road and airport expansion projects, where there is an option of repayment of 20 or 30 years at one and two per cent interest. These, he said, are long-term projects, “so that you don’t have big balloon payments or like payment popping up like on the coupons here.”However, Jagdeo said in the case of the GuySuCo bond, this was different because, “In five years, at a 4.75 per cent interest, which is 355 basis points above our treasury bill. The Government of Guyana will have to pay back from the proceeds of NICIL, nearly US$40 million in about five years just to service $30 billion.”The former Head of State said that the sum could have been used to build an entire Marriott Hotel. “And you would recall the money we were trying to borrow against Marriott, the only collateral was the project itself, not a guarantee by NICIL but the project itself. If the project fails, the bank takes the project,” he reminded.In this case, the loan is guaranteed by NICIL, and NICIL would repay the loan and it has a State guarantee. “So, that is it. The borrowing cost is high, higher by treasure bills…significantly. Imagine the Government can borrow now on T-bills, just over one per cent and they want to borrow at 4.75 per cent,” he added.In addition to that, Jagdeo said that the bond would be free and clear of 40 per cent corporate tax, giving the Government a guarantee, which essentially means that it is a tax-free bond to the banks as well.NICIL’s Chief Executive Officer had recently confirmed that over the next few months, special emphasis would be placed on transforming GuySuCo’s economic misfortune into a situation where it was a fully self-sufficient, viable and competitive enterprise.He had disclosed that the Finance and Agriculture Ministries and all of the related industry partners were fully on board with the new Board of Directors’ vision for a new value-added industry and modernised company.Heath-London explained that when the restructuring plans were at a mature stage, then the real benefits would be realised to ensure GuySuCo’s modernisation and return to profitability.He spoke about the sale of prime GuySuCo lands around the country and the new approaches that were being employed by his technical officers.Since his announcement of the bond, concerns have been raised about Government’s vision for the industry and the genuineness of its actions thus far since that very $30 billion could have gone into restructuring the industry while keeping all of the estates open and GuySuCo’s workforce employed and engaged.
A local Special Olympic figure skater is gearing up for the World Winter games in February.16 year-old Darlene Jakubowski spent the past weekend in Alliston, Ontario, where she was at the second Team Canada training camp of the season, in preparation for the upcoming World Winter Games, which take place in Boise, Idaho, next February.Jakubowski came home with two gold medals for her efforts, one for her Hoedown in the Ice-Dance category, and one for her Technical Solo.- Advertisement -Jakubowski trains twice a week at the North Peace Arena, as well as training with the Dawson Creek figure skating club during the week. On February second, that training will come to a head, as she leaves for Vancouver, to join her Special Olympic teammates, and pursue her ultimate goal.The World Winter Games begin in Idaho on February 6th, 2009.
The report projects a need for 160 hectares of new parkland, with the creation of 22 new parks across the city — including 17 new neighbourhood pars, four community parks, and only a single, new “destination” park. The report notes Fort St. John is currently limited in supply of neighbourhood parks.About 50 kilometres of new trails would need to be built to link new developments and loop off the city’s existing trail system.The report also projects a need for 27 new sports fields, half a dozen new indoor ice sheets along with two outdoor hockey rinks, a second curling facility, and another indoor soccer pitch.The city will likely need to begin planning for a second pool at some point, the report notes. It would also benefit from a community centre that could accommodate a gymnasium and multi-purpose rooms for a variety of sports and events.The report pegs new parkland costs at $32 million, with new indoor and outdoor rec facilities estimated around $120 million.The report also projected the city will need to spend another $120 million on sanitary and storm sewers.Fort St. John will also need to develop a new water supply, and it has apparently reached a tentative agreement with BC Hydro to withdraw water from the reservoir created by Site C for future city needs.More on that story, and how much the city will need to spend to ease its water shortfall, can be read here. The report identifies a number of priorities, from bypass road upgrades and several four-laning road projects in the neighbourhood of $115 million. The city will need to spend roughly $132 million for new major roads and intersections. Some of those costs wouldn’t be born entirely by the city, the report notes, with developers and other sources of funding playing a part.The city will need anywhere from 700 to 2,600 hectares of new land to accommodate its growth, according to the report, more than 50 per cent of which would be allocated for residential and road use.New civic buildings would cost at least $140MWhen it comes to municipal facilities, Fort St. John will need to build itself a new city hall, two new fire stations, a new RCMP building, along with a host of other city facilities.The report pegs a two-phase city hall construction at $33 million to eventually complement an increased staff of nearly 140 people. The first phase of a new city hall would be required by 2025, with the second phase needed by 2040.Advertisement Two new fire halls would need to be built to a tune of $24 million a piece, with the first needed by 2025, and the second needed by 2035. Report estimates staff increases of 48 firefighters.Meanwhile, a new RCMP detachment is estimated at $34 million. Fort St. John RCMP will need 98 new city officers by 2065, with another 25 needed for regional policing.The city will also need a new public works building by 2040 to the tune of $17.5 million, but will need to make about $2.6 million in upgrades to its existing building to handle new growth by 2017, the report states.The city would also need a new bylaw services building, estimated at $4 million, with eight new officers brought on board. The report also budgeted $2.3 million for a new visitor centre.New parks, trails, sports fields galoreAdvertisement Fort St. John saw the second highest growth in British Columbia in 2014 at 4.7 per cent. The city is anticipating rapid and exponential growth with construction of the $8.8-billion Site C dam, along with billions of dollars more in proposed coastal LNG plants that will feed off gas from the region.Servicing that growth won’t come cheap. The cost of new water supplies, sewers, roads, parks, fire halls, and police stations is estimated by Urban Systems at $846 million.Transportation needs the greatestNot surprisingly, the estimated cost of new transportation infrastructure takes up a sizeable chunk of that total at $247.1 million, or 30 per cent.Advertisement Fort St. John could see as many as 84,000 residents by 2065, and will require nearly $1 billion in new infrastructure by then to service that growth.Those are some key findings Urban Systems will deliver to city council at a committee of the whole meeting this afternoon from its 50 Year Growth Study final report.The report forecasts a number population growth scenarios and infrastructure needs up to 2065, and will serve as a key document for Fort St. John as it juggles its spending priorities.- Advertisement -That study predicts a number of population scenarios, from a slow population growth to 46,000 residents by 2065 if the city grows at rates between one and 2.2 per cent a year.If the city grows any faster, sustaining average annual growth in the 2.2 to 3 per cent range, it could see as many as 84,000 new residents by 2065.The report settles on more modest growth in the range of 2 to 3 per cent over the next several decades, with population more likely to settle around 62,000 people.Advertisement
LiverpoolMissing piece? Alisson Becker is expected to help Liverpool provide a title challenge © AFP / MANAN VATSYAYANAIn their quest to end a 29-year wait to win the title, Liverpool weren’t just the biggest spenders, but got their business done early and improved the key areas of Jurgen Klopp’s squad that needed strengthening.Two calamitous errors from Loris Karius in losing the Champions League final to Real Madrid in May made it clear an upgrade was needed in goal and 72.5 million euros ($84 million, £65.2 million) were splashed on Alisson Becker from Roma in a short-lived world-record fee for a goalkeeper.Fabinho and Naby Keita will add extra dynamism and depth to the midfield, while Xherdan Shaqiri offers better back-up to the prolific front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.Even more importantly, Salah and Firmino also signed extended contracts rather than being lured away as Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho have been in recent seasons.WolvesJoao Moutinho brings international experience to Wolves’ midfield © AFP / MIGUEL RIOPAWolves’ connections to Portuguese super agent Jorge Mendes were a source of complaint for their competitors as they romped to the Championship title last season.And the Midlands club appear to have higher ambitions than merely staying up after signing another two high-profile Mendes clients in Euro 2016 winners Rui Patricio and Joao Moutinho.A club-record fee of £20 million was also splashed on powerful Spanish winger Adama Traore and versatile Belgian international Leander Dendoncker was snapped up from Anderlecht.FulhamSerious business: Jean Michael Seri was once a target for Barcelona but has joined Fulham © AFP / BERTRAND LANGLOISAnother promoted side Fulham have made a mockery of the suggestion it is harder for teams going up via the playoffs to get deals in place as the other 19 Premier League teams have a two-week head start in the market.Not only have Fulham seen off interest from Spurs in England under-21 international Ryan Sessegnon, but have spent over £70 million on some stellar signings.Jean Michael Seri was a transfer target for Barcelona just 12 months ago, but will now be lining up at Craven Cottage rather than the Camp Nou along with former Nice team-mate Maxime Le Marchand, German World Cup winner Andre Schurrle and Alfie Mawson, who earned an England call-up earlier in the year.Fulham’s promotion was in large part thanks to Aleksandr Mitrovic’s 12 goals and his loan move from Newcastle was also made permanent for a reported £27 million.– Losers –The Premier LeagueThe decision to bring the transfer deadline forward to before the start of the season for the first time in England was designed to alleviate disruption.Last season Alexis Sanchez, Philippe Coutinho and Virgil van Dijk were among those to miss the start of the campaign due to transfer speculation.Yet, a shortened window allied to the tight turnaround from the final stages of the World Cup just four weeks ago, left English clubs in a rush against time to get deals done and facing inflated fees when buying from Europe’s other top leagues, where the window doesn’t close till later this month.NewcastleTrouble ahead? Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has concerns after another frugal window for the Magpies © AFP / Ian KINGTONAt a time of the season when all football fans dare to dream, there has again been little to set pulses racing in Newcastle as owner Mike Ashley refuses to join in the Premier League arms race, much to the chagrin of manager Rafael Benitez.Newcastle have again made a profit from player trading thanks to the sales of Mitrovic and Mikel Merino, with Benitez expressing his concern for the Magpies’ prospects this season after a 4-0 friendly thrashing by Braga earlier this month.Jose MourinhoMourinho has spent much of pre-season complaining about Manchester United’s lack of new signings © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKThe Manchester United manager consistently cried foul on the club’s pre-season tour of the United States about the state of his squad to try and provoke a reaction from the United hierarchy.Instead, Mourinho was left empty-handed from the final days of the window despite warning that the Red Devils face a difficult season by not delivering his targets in the transfer market.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Young Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was a late mover in the window, joining Chelsea for a record £71 million © AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 9 – After the transfer deadline for Premier League clubs to strengthen their squads for the upcoming season passed on Thursday, AFP Sport looks at who enjoyed the best and worst of the transfer window:– Winners –
0Shares0000Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa in a tangle with Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti © AFP / OSCAR DEL POZOBARCELONA, Spain, Nov 30 – Key Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti will fly out to Doha for specialised treatment on a recurring left knee injury, the Spanish champions said on Friday.Umtiti is said to be keen to avoid going under the knife and is seeking a softer solution. Considered one of the best centre-backs in the world, the left-footed Frenchman has played just eight games for Barcelona this season because of the recurring pain in his knee.The 2018 World Cup winner played in the 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid at the weekend but that was his first game in almost two months due to the pain which returned after the bruising game in Madrid.“Samuel Umtiti will follow a plan of conservative treatment with the objective of curing the discomfort in his left knee,” Barce reported on their website Friday.“The player will travel to Doha, Qatar where he will follow this therapeutic plan under the supervision of the club’s medical services.”Catalan sports daily Sport said Umtiti “would not play again in 2018”, claiming he would stay in Doha several weeks.Another sports daily Mundo Deportivo said the player and club wished to avoid surgery in the search for a solution to the pain.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
Highway 38 remained closed from Big Bear Dam to the Stanfield Cutoff, Bailey said, while Highway 18 was shut down from the dam to Running Springs. Six schools in the Bear Valley Unified School District canceled classes today as a precaution, affecting 3,200 students. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had declared a state of emergency for San Bernardino County on Saturday, clearing the way for state government assistance with costs related to the fire. Evacuation centers were set up for displaced residents. The fire, which remained under investigation, burned several outbuildings at a campground. About 2,245 firefighters were aided by water-dropping aircraft and bulldozers. The fire is being called the Butler 2 fire because it was burning near the site of the first Butler fire, which was sparked by lightning Sept. 1. Authorities initially said the blaze had charred 18,000 acres, but revised the figure after infrared mapping showed a smaller fire than what was reported. In eastern San Diego County, a wildfire northeast of Julian led to the evacuation of about 400 people from the nearby subdivision of Whispering Pines. Residents in the southern part of the subdivision were allowed back in their homes Sunday after evacuating Saturday. The Angel Fire, which burned 1,000 acres, was 20 percent surrounded. Crews turned their attention to the crest of Volcan Mountain where they were protecting aircraft navigation equipment. The mountain burned in 2002 and 2003. The fire was started by an illegal campfire, said Capt. Randy Scales of the Forestry Department. One vacation home was destroyed and five outbuildings were damaged. Full containment was expected by Tuesday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FAWNSKIN – Cooler temperatures, higher humidity and a change in wind direction Sunday gave firefighters hope of progress against a raging wildfire in the San Bernardino National Forest that left hundreds evacuated from homes and two major roadways closed. The fire burned 15,433 acres of dense, dry bush near the resort mountain community of Big Bear Lake, said Forest Service spokeswoman Norma Bailey. The fire was 12 percent contained and headed in a northwest direction away from homes. About 340 residents of the Fawnskin area remained evacuated Sunday night, but another 1,200 who voluntarily left their homes in Green Valley Lake have returned, Bailey said.
Firmino leaves Soldado stranded with one little move Roberto Soldado did not know what to do when Roberto Firmino left him stranded with one little bit of skill.It was a good night for everyone associated with Liverpool on Thursday, as the club secured a place in their first European final since 2007 after seeing off Villarreal in the Europa League semi-final.A Bruno Soriano own goal, plus efforts from Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana earned the Reds a 3-0 win.VIDEO: JURGEN KLOPP LEADS THE FAN CELEBRATIONS ON ANFIELD PITCHWATCH THE LIVERPOOL GOALS HERE 1
Donegal cycling king Ronan McLaughlin is the latest Irish rider to commit to the An Post Sean Kelly team, as manager Kurt Bogaerts announced he had penned a new one year deal.Ronan has been with the team since 2008 and although he didn’t have any major results in his own name, he was a key influence behind many of the team’s successes last year.“Ronan has continually progressed since he joined the team four years ago. Last year was his best season yet; he put in some great teamwork for Gediminas Bagdonas’ two stage race wins, the An Post Rás and the Tour de L’Oise, as well as being part of the team which helped Mark McNally win the Mi-Aout en Bretagne in France. “He’s a really good team rider and I’m looking forward to him progressing again next season.” Bogaerts said.He added: “I have some more riders that I would like to sign and a few that we are still negotiating about re-signing. It’s exciting times for us and because of last season’s results there are a lot of riders out there that want to be part of it.”CYCLING KING RONAN SIGNS AGAIN FOR SEAN KELLY TEAM was last modified: November 4th, 2011 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:CYCLINGdonegaldonegaldaily.comRONAN MCLAUGHLINSEAN KELLY AN POST TEAM
GAA: Gary McDaid has opted to leave the Donegal management set-up for the forthcoming 2016 campaign.Gary McDaid has quit the Donegal management team.McDaid was appointed to the backroom team last season when Rory Gallagher was appointed manager – following the departure of Jim McGuinness.McDaid helped Glenswilly win their first ever Donegal SFC title in 2011 and guided them to another Donegal SFC in 2013. Glenswilly also reached the Ulster final that year – before narrowly being defeated by Ballinderry.He has decided to depart from the management staff due to family commitments.His wife has recently had another child, and McDaid isn’t in the position to commit to the demanding role in the Donegal set-up.GARY MCDAID QUITS DONEGAL MANAGEMENT STAFF was last modified: October 8th, 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:GAASport