Jagdeo rubbishes Govt’s erroneous CGX statements

first_img…maintains CGX was an aggrieved partyOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has blistered the Government for justifying its act of hiding the US$18 million signing bonus it received from ExxonMobil, noting that their argument about monies paid by CGX is irrelevant and totally different to the issue at hand.In June of 2000, the Surinamese military seized a rig belonging to CGX. The rig was at the time operating in the Corentyne River; the border between Guyana and Suriname. As a result of the seizure, Guyana took the issue to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in 2004 and in September of 2007, the Tribunal ruled the rig was operating in Guyana’s waters and the issue was settled.“CGX was an aggrieved party, it was their rig that the Surinamese gunboat removed so they had a vested interest, not just in resolving the case that would allow them to go back in exploration, but they were an aggrieved party,” he explained.He said the then Government could not have received money from CGX because CGX was not moving to production. “A signing bonus only comes about if you are starting to produce. At that time, CGX’s obligation to Guyana, to the GGMC (Guyana Geology and Mines Commission), and to the Treasury was only for licensing fees that they were supposed to pay,” Jagdeo added.The Opposition Leader was at the time responding to a statement read in the National Assembly by Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge on Friday. In his address, Greenidge erroneously said that the then Jagdeo-led Administration contracted lawyers to represent Guyana in the UNCLOS Tribunal “without either paying for them, without depositing in the Bank of Guyana the foreign exchange CGX provided for the payment of the lawyers or without reflecting the payments in the Consolidated Fund or seeing authorisation for the transaction in the House.”“Not a cent came from CGX to the Government or to any accounts in the Government to pay to any lawyers or to do anything else for that manner. In this case, money was handed over and CGX did pay lawyers directly but that was not in consultation with us (Government). So (Finance Minister Winston) Jordan speaks about the CGX money should be accounted for in the Consolidated Fund, money that they (CGX) paid directly to lawyers but money paid as revenue in a (signing) bonus he (Jordan) does not want to account for it,” Jagdeo observed.The Opposition Leader added that he saw the hypocrisy in the statement two days ago, considering that it was a totally different situation. “Then this money was not receive from ExxonMobil for any border issues, they (Exxon) made it clear, this money was revenue a signing bonus so they (Government) are weaving a tangled tale of lies and contradictions and illegalities and they act with impunity and bravado. This is how this Government operates,” he said.As an explanation for not putting the money into the Consolidated Fund, the Government consistently spoke about the People’s Progressive Party/Civic Administration having slush funds in GGMC and the monies, supposedly, paid by CGX.Proper handlingDuring his address, Minister Greenidge explained that the signing bonus was placed in a deposit fund, as provided for in the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act (FMAA), and that US$15 million would be used for legal fees, while the remaining US$3 million would be used for training. However, both the Finance and Natural Resources Ministers along with the President related that the money was placed in a special account, which is not provided for by the FMAA.“The receipt and treatment of public monies must follow the laws of Guyana, the financial laws, the rules that are laid down, the Constitution speaks to this. They do not exist there, these public monies, to be treated in a manner that is discretionary at the whims and fancies of the Finance Minister. Our point is no public official, no Minister of this Government, no group of Ministers nor the entire Cabinet can ignore the financial laws and Constitution because they want to treat this money in a special way, they do not have that discretion,” Jagdeo noted.Article 42 of the FMAA states that, “On the establishment of a deposit fund, the Minister shall notify the National Assembly of the deposit fund and shall specify – the source or sources of the moneys in the deposit fund…”However, in the case of the ExxonMobil signing bonus, none of these steps was taken by the Government, hence the Opposition’s argument that the monies were not deposited into a deposit fund.“But what they have done here is illegal. It is outside of our books completely… first, the set of oil money that we received attempting to steal because people would forget about the special account and then that will be the end of it,” Jagdeo said.The PPP/C has since indicated that they would be moving to the courts to force the Government to amend the 2018 Estimates to reflect the US$18 million signing bonus.last_img read more

“Likely” to support Granger as presidential candidate in upcoming polls

first_imgAFC backtractsDays after saying that it was too early for the party to take a stance on the matter, the Alliance For Change (AFC) is likely to throw its support behind leader of the PNCR-led A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), David Granger, as the presidential candidate for the APNU/AFC at impending national and regional elections.A recent report in the State’s newspaper had identified President Granger, who just returned from Cuba as he continues treatment for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, as the presidential candidate for the APNU/AFC coalition.However, AFC Chairman Khemraj Ramjattan told Guyana Times in a brief telephone interview on Sunday that while the coalition partners have not had formal discussions on the matter, he personally supported the return of President Granger as the face of the coalition at the upcoming polls.“I support him fully as presidential candidate, personally… [but] we haven’t gone there as a collective,” Ramjattan said.However, he noted that the AFC would be hosting its first National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on January 26 and the matter was expected to come up for discussion there.“We’re having our national executive [meeting] and certainly you’ll have me supporting him there… But of course, I anticipate [there will be support for President Granger]. I don’t think of anybody else with the quality of statesmanship as him,” the AFC Chairman asserted.This newspaper was unable to question Ramjattan, who cut short the call, as to whether Moses Nagamootoo would be returning as the prime ministerial candidate for the APNU/AFC or whether there would be a new face submitted by the minority party in the coalition. At the party’s first press conference on Wednesday last, Vice Chair Cathy Hughes said it was too early for the party to say whether it would support a Granger presidential candidacy.“We’re not there yet right now; we’re absolutely not there right now. We hoped that President Granger continues the speedy recovery that he’s making … We continue to wish him the best, [but] we have no idea when the elections is going to be and so we’re not in a position to answer that right now,” Hughes had stated.While there has been no official public statement from the APNU camp, President Granger last year had indicated the possibility of him returning as presidential candidate for the coalition.“… I am a servant of my party; I’m a servant of the Partnership; I’m a servant of the coalition and my duty is to serve and I will not run away from service; that is as much as I can say… I have to bear in mind that my elevation to the presidency was as a result of popular support, it was a result of democratic processes and I will not abandon those processes…,” the Head of State told reporters at a press conference in August.Since then, however, President Granger was diagnosed in October with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and is seeking treatment in Cuba, which requires him to travel back and forth between the two countries. In fact, he returned to Guyana on Saturday evening after undergoing his fourth round of chemotherapy for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.AFC Chairman Khemraj RamjattanDespite this, the Head of State has assured the Guyanese citizenry that he is getting better and a medical briefing from his doctors in Havana described his progress as “satisfactory and in conformity with their expectations”.Come February 14, the APNU and AFC will celebrate the fourth anniversary, since signing the “lovers’ deal” that eventually got them into office back in 2015. However, the AFC, in recent years, has come under fire for the submissive role it has been playing since joining forces with the APNU. In fact, the top leadership of the AFC had decided back in 2017 to revise its governing agreement with its majority coalition partner. The Cummingsburg Accord has a lifespan of a minimum of three years and a maximum of five years, and was focused primarily on the General and Regional Elections.Moreover, the minority party had even contested the November 2018 Local Government Elections (LGE) separate from the APNU after planned negotiations to craft another accord fell through.At Wednesday’s press conference, however, the AFC executives insisted that the minority party has done as much as it could to stay relevant within the coalition Administration and recommitted to supporting the APNU going forward.This is in spite of the passage of a no-confidence motion against the coalition, which was supported by former AFC Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud, whose vote in favour of the Opposition’s motion toppled the current Administration.Since the December 21, 2018 passage of the motion, which hence became a binding resolution, several political commentators and stakeholders, including the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Opposition, have been calling on the APNU/AFC Government to resign and call elections, which, according to Article 106 (7), should be held within three months. This means elections should be held by March 21 this year.However, the High Court has since been asked to pronounce on two matters regarding the resolution – one contesting the validity of Persaud’s vote given his dual citizenship and another challenging the 33-32 votes, instead of a 34 majority, that was used to pass the motion.Those cases came up for hearing last Tuesday and acting Chief Justice Roxane George has committed to a ruling by the end of this month.last_img read more

Trackers claim division crown in Fort Mac, prep for Provincials next week

first_imgThe Trackers open the tournament on March 19th against Prince George at the North Peace Arena at 7:15 p.m.The full schedule can be viewed here: www.bchockey.net/Championships/ScheduleandScoresDetail FORT MCMURRAY, AB. – The Northeast B.C./Yukon Trackers captured the Bouchier Division title in Fort McMurray over the weekend.The team started off the playoff tournament with a 4-3 loss to the Grande Prairie Athletic Club Storm on Thursday. Curtis Hammond led the way with two helpers. The boys rebounded on Friday with a 6-2 win over the Fort McMurray Barons. Connor Kindrat and Devan Minard led the way with three points each. Goaltender Tyler MacArthur stopped 29 of 31 shots.The boys in blue and white found themselves down 2-0 to Whitecourt in Game 3 on Saturday but managed to score four goals in the third period to improve their record to 2-1. Hammond and Aiden Craig-Steele lead the charge with two points apiece. The boys carried the momentum into the night game on Saturday vs the Peace River Royals as they scored early and often in a 10-4 win. Nathan Brownlee, Aiden Craig-Steele, Curtis Hammond, and Connor Kindrat combined for 13 points.- Advertisement -The team ended the round robin with a 3-1 record and secured a spot in the finals against the 3-1 Athletic Club. The team never trailed in the contest and scored two early goals in the second and third period to capture the division crown after a 3-0 win. Hammond scored a goal and an assist while MacArthur ate up all 22 rubber biscuits fired in his direction for the shutout.“The team struggled early in the tournament with having a consistent effort,” said head coach Gerard Dicaire. “The turning point was in the Whitecourt game being down 2-0 heading into the third period with backs against the wall. They battled hard and played the game the right way which resulted in four goals in the third. These young men have been relentless all year long and refused to be denied a goal we set at the beginning of the year. Our coaching staff is very proud of this team, they really are a bunch of beauties.”The team now prepares to host BC Tier 1 Midget Provincials from March 18th to 23rd. Meanwhile, the schedule for the 2018 Midget Tier 1 Provincials has been released. Prince George, Vancouver Thunderbirds, Burnaby, Saanich, East Kootenay and Central Zone will head to the Energetic City to battle it out to see who is the best Tier 1 Midget hockey team in B.C.Advertisementlast_img read more

North Peace Cultural Centre receives $20,000 sponsorship as the theater starts reno

first_imgTo get one of the old seats, call the Cultural Centre at;(250) 785-1992 FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At the opening of the Bright Nights Festival the North Peace Cultural Centre (NPCC) received sponsorship of $20,000 for 50 chairs by Surerus in recognition of their 50th Anniversary.The NPCC is replacing all of the seats in their theatre, individuals and businesses could be Seat Sponsors for $400 per seat, which supports local arts.The Front Row Center Seat Sale fundraising campaign used seat sponsorship as a source of funding for the first major renovation of the theatre since it’s opening in 1992.- Advertisement -Now that the theatre renovations are underway, all of the pre-existing seats have been removed from the theatre and anyone interested in a piece of history needs to let the NPCC know by June 22nd and chairs will be required to be picked up by July 15th by donation.Other theatres were contacted by the NPCC to see if they had the need for the seats and there were no takers shared Oliver Hachmeister, Operations Manager for the NPCC. If the seats are not picked up they will be sent for recycling and scrap.The theatre will be closed from June 15 to September 15 for the installation of the new seats, as well as new carpeting, drapes, and lighting. Seat sponsors will be treated to an exclusive special event celebrating the completed renovations later in September.Advertisementlast_img read more

Press Pass – Sunday, September 7

first_imgRay Stubbs is joined by Paddy Barclay and Tom Hopkinson to discuss all the latest sporting action including England’s hopes for the Euro 2016 qualification campaign.last_img

PSG, Lyon chase Wenger’s signature

first_img0Shares0000“PSG, Lyon chase Wenger as former Arsenal boss prepares to return to managementPARIS, France, Apr 27 – Arsene Wenger, who has been out of management since he quit as Arsenal manager a year ago, is set for a return to football in France.He has had offers to return, including an audacious attempt by Fulham before they appointed Claudio Ranieri. Now Olympique Lyon want him to take over as general manager at the club. Current coach Bruno Genesio has already said he will leave at the end of the season.Lyon want Wenger to come in as a general manager and have a significant say in the appointment of a new first team coach and monitor the recruitment at the club.Former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier is already at Lyon but he has a strictly part-time advisory role.Wenger is bound to give any offer serious thought. He could well welcome the challenge to end Paris Saint-Germain’s dominance of the domestic game in France – but PSG are themselves keen to offer Wenger a key role.They played Rennes in the French Cup final on Saturday night and are already Ligue 1 champions. However, manager Thomas Tuchel is under pressure after persistent failure in the Champions League.This season they squandered a first leg win at Manchester United in the last 16 and went out in dramatic fashion in the reverse fixture to a controversial penalty, but that may not be enough to save Tuchel his job.Wenger has a close working relationship with the Qatari owners of PSG and is in Doha this week to work for the media outlet beIN. Again, a role of general manager would be on the agenda should Tuchel leave.-By Daily Mail-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgDonegal manager Rory Gallagher has named his team to face Dublin at Croke Park on Saturday.The Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 2 tie throws in at 7pm.The team is: 1.Paul Durcan2.Eamonn Doherty3.Eamonn McGee4.Paddy McGrath5. Frank McGlynn6. Karl Lacey7. Mark McHugh8. Neil Gallagher9. Christy Toye10. Ryan McHugh11..Martin O’Reilly12. Odhrán Mac Niallais13. Patrick McBrearty14. Michael Murphy15. Hugh McFadden16. Michael Boyle17. Declan Walsh .18. Ciarán McGinley19 Martin McElhinney20.Daniel McLaughlin21.Darach O’Connor22.Ryan Mally23.Eunan Doherty24. Gary McFadden25. Cory Gallagher26 Joe GibbonsGALLAGHER NAMES TEAM TO FACE DUBLIN AT CROKER was last modified: February 6th, 2015 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:National LeagueRory Gallagherteam v dublinlast_img read more


first_imgThere was a carnival like atmosphere at the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade in Letterkenny yesterday. Thousands came out to enjoy what was a fantastic and very creative parade.Thankfully the unpredictable Donegal weather remained lovely which ensured the massive crowds in attendance could enjoy the parade even more. Some of the floats were absolutely superb and all that participated in it deserve huge acclaim for providing such a superb parade for all of us to enjoy.Thanks to North-West News-Pix for providing the pictures above. 🙂 THOUSANDS ENJOY LETTERKENNY ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: March 18th, 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:EntertainmentFeaturesletterkennynewspic specialSt Patrick’s Daylast_img read more


first_imgHugh McFadden was a major doubt prior to tonight’s Ulster Championship clash with Cavan but he passed a late fitness test.Donegal are leading Ulster champions Cavan by one-point at half-time in their Ulster Championship quarter-clash at Mac Cumhaill Park.However, Donegal should be ahead by more and have been very wasteful in front of goal.Maxi Curran will be annoyed at aspects of their game as Donegal have completely controlled the game yet only lead by the minimum. Cavan took an early lead but Donegal then got a stranglehold on the game and completely dominated the opening quarter.Ciaran Thompson scored two superb points from play before Dara McDaid scored a free to open a two-point gap.Darragh Mulgrew then pointed before another lovely point from the outstanding Thompson put Donegal four ahead.Darrach O’Connor wasted a glorious goal opportunity to put Donegal further ahead while Maxi Curran’s side also kicked a succession of poor wide’s. Those chances should have been converted and if they were Donegal could’ve been out of sight.Cavan have won the last FOUR Ulster titles and responded well they kicked three points in the last ten minutes to bring themselves right back in the game.It’s all set up for a cracking second-half here at Mac Cumhaill Park.Half-time Donegal 0-05 Cavan 0-04ULSTER U21 CHAMPIONSHIP: DONEGAL LEAD BY ONE POINT AT HALF-TIME AGAINST CAVAN was last modified: March 18th, 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:CavandonegalGAAHome-page SportnewsUlster Championshiplast_img read more

Substantial progress made on Schools Remediation Programme works

first_imgThe Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today (Tues) welcomed the significant progress on the remediation programme for 40 schools constructed by Western Building Systems (WBS).Donegal’s Letterkenny Educate Together NS  was part of the second phase of the remediation programme by the government covering 40 schools.Seventeen schools, including Letterkenny Educate Together NS, were included in the second phase of the remediation programme. The update follows confirmation of progress in August after structural works were undertaken on a number of school buildings and more detailed analysis was carried out on a number of other school buildings.As outlined then, a significant programme of remediation work took place during summer 2019 in relation to the 40 schools in which structural and fire safety deficiencies were identified.Structural remediation work has taken place on 14 schools bringing them up to the highest possible standard and allowing for the removal of precautionary measures.The bulk of the remainder of the Schools Remediation Programme is scheduled to be undertaken on a phased basis over 2020 and 2021. Minister McHugh’s absolute priority at all times has been the safety of students, staff and everyone using these school buildings.The Minister said: “I welcome the significant progress that has been made on what is a complex, time-consuming and difficult job to fix these school buildings and bring them up to the highest possible standard.“I want to thank all those connected with the affected schools for your patience and understanding during really disruptive times. I would also like to thank the teams of contractors, engineers, fire safety specialists and project managers for their professionalism from day one.”“The team overseeing the programme in the Department’s Building Unit deserve huge credit for the way the work has been planned and the way costs have been managed and also for the way in which schools have been supported.The Department has confirmed that about €40m has been spent this year up to the end of quarter 3 2019 on the remediation programme, covering the cost of investigations, precautionary measures, fire safety upgrades and structural repairs. The Department continues to liaise with the Chief State Solicitor’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office on the on-going legal process related to the 40 schools built by Western Building Systems.Minister McHugh said: “The cost to date is less than was initially estimated and this is largely due to the well-managed way in which the remediation programme has been handled.“The cost is being met through a contingency provision as part of the increased 2019 capital budget of €942m and also thanks to the reduced funding requirement for multi-annual capital development in TU Dublin Grangegorman following the sale of DIT Kevin Street.“This approach ensures that the cost of the remediation has had no impact on school and third level building projects.” The next steps for the Schools Remediation Programme are to complete the bulk of structural remediation works in 2020 and 2021 and to continue the phased implementation of the fire safety programmes.In addition, one school building was closed at Ardgillan Community College, Balbriggan. The remediation solution has been finalised.Minister McHugh said: “Schools, patrons, principals, teachers, students and parents should be assured that the Government is committed to remediating these schools to the highest possible standard and that we will continue to keep them updated on progress.“At the same we are also committed to planned construction projects being delivered over the course of 2018, 2019 and 2020 which will provide 70,000 school places and the 29 building projects being progressed at third level.”Substantial progress made on Schools Remediation Programme works was last modified: November 12th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more