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first_imgThe increase in gold prices on the international market could help Guyana surpass its targeted production. The increase follows the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) vote to leave the European Union (EU) last Friday.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman told the Government Information Agency (GINA) in an invited comment that “We’re happy that our (gold) prices have increased.”However, Trotman added “We’re not happy that our increases comes really on the back of a broken system elsewhere.” Gold is now trading at just over US00 per ounce on the international market.This increase on the international market is likely to help Guyana surpass its targeted production and declaration in gold locally. Guyana’s budgeted target for gold production this year is 550,000 ounces.“I don’t want to reveal what is our target internally but we’re working on a target that goes past 550,000 ounces. So I would say that we’re doing relatively well in the circumstances,” Trotman noted. He added that he would like to see production declaration surpass 600,000.Additionally, Trotman told GINA that as a “citizen of the world,” the situation in Europe concerns us all. “Stability is what the world wants so anything that disrupts the national or global order is something that we should all be concerned about,” Trotman said.“In as much as we’re happy for the increase in gold prices, very happy, we also would like to see stability and normalcy in all parts of the world including Europe,” the Natural Resources Minister added. Over the past year, the price of gold has declined significantly.In 2015, gold prices steadily tumbled, with a drastic drop. Experts had predicted that gold prices would have continue to slump, hitting a more than a five-year low, with a high possibility that the precious metal could plunge to a detrimental US00 per ounce.Compounding the situation was the fact that, the cost of production, particularly for the small and medium-scale miners of gold and diamond, had remained largely unchanged.last_img read more

first_imgFrom Right: Rep. Morris of District #1 Montserrado County, Mrs. Moore of KEEP along with beneficiaries of the program.The Kids’ Educational Engagement Project (KEEP) says 75 young people are expected to benefit from capacity-building to influence advocacy on developing a national policy on youth employment and training opportunities.Executive Director of KEEP, Brenda B. Moore, said the program is also aimed at pushing several things with emphasis in promoting literacy and transformative learning for the young people.Mrs. Moore said the project also focuses on youth engagement through meaningful ways, including changing their perceptions about land rights, gender, youth engagement and education.The program seeks to provide skills training opportunities for people with disabilities and also link them to organizations that will be prepared to employ them, according to Mrs. Moore.“We have also been attentive on including marginalized groups, including people with disabilities because most times, people forget about them being part of the population,” Mrs. Moore said.Mrs. Moore said, “We are also trying to establish whether the skills opportunities exist first and try to link youth to some of the available training opportunities, because most often people are always asked for experience while applying for jobs.”She said the program is also aimed at linking young people to businesses that exist within the communities for internships and on the job training, especially communities that the program exists.Mrs. Moore said the program has received some positive feedbacks within the communities to incorporate beneficiaries of the program into their own businesses.The program is a pilot project in five communities in Montserrado County, with the “hope that the results from the project will lead to bigger programs to help more youth.Mrs. Moore said the program will collaborate with organizations and institutions that are involved in youth engagement or youth empowerment to help in making it successful. According to her, KEEP has opened 13 reading facilities in six counties in Liberia since its establishment in 2014.She said it’s not just about creating the spaces, but getting the students involved and allowing the teachers to create the passion about teaching, as well as getting the families involved to be part of their education.”She said KEEP is working with other local organizations particularly to provide skills training and computer literacy. “We provide village saving loan clubs. Education is core to the work we do at KEEP,” she said.Mrs. Brenda B. Moore with Montserrado County District #1 Representative Lawrence Morris.Oxfam Liberia Education liaison officer, Josephine G. Urey, said she was delighted about the initiative as Oxfam sees the youth as one of its targets.“At Oxfam, we are more concentrated on transformative education for active citizenship and it means that youth will have the power and demand for their rights or challenge the social structures, be able to dialogue and consider multiple view points, while considering that they have their responsibilities,” Madam Urey said.KEEP is the implementing partner, while Oxfam is providing the funding through the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Tamba Boimah Hali, a Liberian-born former American football linebacker, pledged his commitment to work with officials of KEEP.“My passion is in education, especially educating the young people of Liberia. I have been inspired by my father to create education programs and will be joining hands with KEEP. I will like to start a program for Science, Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM), which is a leading program around the world, particularly U.S.A.,” Mr. Hali said.According to him, given Liberia’s current situation, Liberians should focus on education because once the youth are educated, they will empower themselves and do more in the world.“I have come to endorse what is actually happening through KEEP and with a vision to continue,” said Mr. Hali.Hali played college football at Pennsylvania State University, where he earned All-American honors.Montserrado County District #1 Representative, Lawrence Morris, called on the program beneficiaries to utilize the skills acquired as the education will stay with them for life.Rep. Morris said KEEP remains unique in its efforts to promote literacy and called on the beneficiaries to hold KEEP to their hearts as it’s about building their foundation.“We must use our full potential to get what we want. I’m from a poor background but utilized the available opportunities to reach this level. I had to sleep in people’s cars and wash cars to survive, which makes me what I am today,” Rep. Morris said.According to him, his district is been left behind in everything, including education, infrastructure and development, despite being the first district in the first county.“With your support, determination and commitment, we can rise above this level. We can remain District #1, but it starts with everyone. Again, the youth empowerment is not just about putting money in the pocket but putting the mind to to work get the best that will keep putting money in the pocket every time,” Rep. Morris added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img…says Cabinet reviewing security sector reform reportAdamant that there is nothing to hide, President David Granger has revealed that the Security Sector Reform report is currently before Cabinet, who are reviewing its findings and recommendations.President David Granger speaking to the media on WednesdayPresident Granger made this disclosure on Wednesday on the sidelines of an event, when asked about the United Kingdom-funded programme. The President admitted that his Government has faced challenges with its handling of the security sector.“The report was made available to the Cabinet. And the Cabinet has approved of its recommendations. It is before Cabinet now and once Cabinet have completed its deliberations, it’s nothing to hide.”“As you know, there are some issues with security challenges. Piracy, in terms of reports being made and the prison service,” Granger listed, adding that “the sooner we implement those reforms the better.”In March, it had been reported that Granger was studying the recommendations of the report. The report was compiled by British security expert Russell Combe. He first presented his final report in January.There have been several training initiatives for locals where British specialists have been involved. Last year, local immigration officers underwent the Risk and Liaison Overseas Network (RALON) training conducted by the UK’s Immigration Enforcement International.The training covered three fundamental issues: the overview of human trafficking, the enhancing of interview skills when dealing with arriving passengers and overall increased awareness of the latest trends and concerns in the wider Caribbean.The UK has done much of its security sector collaboration through the security reform project, which began in 2007. Government believes that, once implemented, Guyana’s security sector will be significantly strengthened.President David Granger has also said there is need for a stronger Police Force; one that is better equipped with all tools necessary to function adequately. He has therefore expressed hope that the reform programme will lead to a reduction in the number of illicit activities that take place.But there have been a number of security breaches, including in the Camp Street Prison on July 9, 2017 when prisoners set that facility on fire, occasioning its complete destruction except for a newly built brick building which is still standing intact.In the ensuing confusion, a number of prisoners managed to escape from lawful custody, including convicted murderers Mark Royden Durant, also called “Royden Williams”; Uree Varswyck; Stafrei Hopkinson Alexander and Cobena Stephens – all deemed armed and dangerous. That incident resulted in the death of Prison Officer Odinga Wickham, who lost his life after he was shot by prisoners during the breakout.Following that jailbreak, over 1000 prisoners were displaced. While some were moved to the correctional facility at Mazaruni, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) or granted early release or bail, others had remained at another correctional facility at Lusignan, East Coast Demerara under straightened circumstances. It was then that another contingent escaped. Since these two jailbreaks, all but two prison escapees – Paul Goriah and Cobena Stephens have either been recaptured or killed.It was only in March 2016 that another fire raged through the Camp Street Prison, claiming the lives of 17 prisoners. Afterwards, a Commission of Inquiry which cost the Treasury some $13 million was ordered by President David Granger.last_img read more

first_imgA 27-year-old employee of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) was killed on Tuesday after he reportedly slammed into a culvert along the East Bank of Demerara (EBD).Dead is Nizamudeen Muhammed, also known as “Dwain”, of Lot 616 Section A, Block Y, Golden Grove, (EBD).Dead: Nizamudeen MuhammedReports are that about 00:10h, Muhammed was proceeding north along the western side of the road when his motor car, with registration number PRR 4768, collided with the metal rail of a culvert in the vicinity of Land of Canaan Public Road. This caused the vehicle to topple several times, before coming to a halt. Muhammed was thrown out of the vehicle as a result of the impact. He was picked up in an unconscious state by public-spirited persons and rushed to the Diamond hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.This newspaper was told that Muhammed was returning home from work when the accident occurred. Reports are that Muhammed was the only child of his parents who reside overseas.His body was taken to the Lyken Funeral Parlour to await a post-mortem examination.last_img read more

first_img“We laid a good foundation with our former coach, qualifying for AFCON for the first time in 15 years,” said coach Francis Kimanzi.“This is a continuation of the good job we did, and we are looking forward to accomplishing our biggest challenge of getting the team back to AFCON 2021,” he added.The coach’s first assignment will be a scheduled friendly match against Uganda slated for September 8, 2019, in Nairobi.Stars will play yet another friendly match against Libya, away, in October, prior to their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers against Egypt and Togo in November.0Shares0000(Visited 89 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Webo joins Harambee Stars technical bench as Kimanzi is unveiled. Photo/COURTESY NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 20 – Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has unveiled Francis Kimanzi as the new coach for the national football team Harambee Stars on a two-year deal.Kimanzi, who is the immediate former assistant coach, will be assisted by Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno as his first assistant, former Posta Rangers and AFC Leopards’ Lawrence Webo was named the goalkeeper trainer while Enos Karani was appointed the fitness coach.last_img read more

first_imgDo you think U.S. obligations to Iraq, and to the many Iraqis who have actively collaborated with us, are no greater than our obligations, if any, to the residents of the Congo or Darfur? Would a humanitarian disaster have to threaten to be a strategic disaster for the United States before an Obama administration would intervene militarily? In his second Inaugural address, the president said: “The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands.” You have said: “In today’s globalized world, the security of the American people is inextricably linked to the security of all people.” Well. Given that the goals of liberty and security can both generate foreign policy overreaching, and given the similarity between your formulation and Bush’s, should people who are dismayed by Bush’s universalizing imperative be wary of yours? Does not yours require interventions in Darfur – where you say “rolling genocide” is occurring – the Congo and similar situations? You stress the importance of people taking “responsibility” for their actions. But in a Financial Times column regarding the subprime mortgage turmoil, you said lenders, by “lowering their lending standards,” were guilty of “pushing,” “hoodwinking” and “driving” low-income buyers into mortgages “they could not possibly afford.” The “victims,” you wrote, “are the millions of borrowers who followed the rules, whose only crime was in taking out mortgages that lenders told them they could afford.” You propose a fund to help these millions of borrowers, partially paid for by penalties on lenders who committed fraud or behaved “irresponsibly.” Puzzles abound. How did lenders “push” these people? Are these “victims” absolved of personal responsibility simply because they were “told” they could afford the mortgages? Could you define – and defend punishing – lending that is “irresponsible” but not fraudulent? The foreclosure rate for so-called “jumbo” mortgages – those of more than $400,000 – is approximately the same as the rate for subprime mortgages. Are borrowers who seek and receive such large mortgages also blameless “victims” of being told and driven to do something reckless? In 1978, in a case regarding racial preferences in admissions to a California medical school, the Supreme Court ruled, in an opinion written by Justice Lewis Powell, that race can be considered a “plus” factor for minority applicants. But Powell’s biographer, John Jeffries of the University of Virginia law school, writes that when the justices met in conference to deliberate about the case, and Thurgood Marshall said such preferences would be needed for another century, Powell was “speechless.” In 2003, the court affirmed the constitutionality of racial preferences in admissions to the University of Michigan law school. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, writing for the majority, said such preferences would be unnecessary in 25 years. How long do you think they will be necessary? By what criteria do you measure necessity? Why are they necessary now, two generations after the civil rights laws of the 1960s? More questions to come, 17 answers from now. George Will’s e-mail address is georgewill@washpost.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Is it audacious to hope for more clarity from Barack Obama than he has so far supplied? Herewith 17 questions for him: You advocate leaving in Iraq “some” U.S. forces for three missions – fighting al-Qaida, training Iraqi security forces and protecting U.S. forces conducting those two missions. Some experts believe that even 60,000 U.S, troops would be insufficient for those functions – even if the Iraqis were not, as they will be for the foreseeable future, dependent on U.S. logistics, transport, fire support, air support, armor and medivac capabilities. What is your estimate of the numbers required by your policy? How, and in consultation with whom, did you arrive at your estimate? As to fighting terrorists but not insurgents – how would soldiers and Marines tell the difference? If, while searching for terrorists, they make contact with insurgents, would your rules of engagement call for a full force response? You say all “combat brigades” should be out of Iraq “by the end of next year.” Even if al-Qaida is still dangerous? Who, after the end of next year, will protect U.S. noncombat forces that you say “will continue to protect U.S. diplomats and facilities” and to “train and equip” Iraqi forces? In an Associated Press interview you argued that preventing genocide in Iraq is not a sound reason for keeping troops there: “By that argument you would have 300,000 troops in the Congo right now where millions have been slaughtered as a consequence of ethnic strife, which we haven’t done. We would be deploying unilaterally and occupying the Sudan, which we haven’t done.” last_img read more

first_img1 Jurgen Klopp’s assistant manager, Zeljko Buvac, has played a leading role in persuading Marko Grujic to join Liverpool.As talkSPORT told you on Tuesday, the Serbian midfielder is on the verge of sealing a move to Anfield.He will officially complete the move in January and will then be sent back to Red Star Belgrade on loan for the rest of the season.Liverpool fought off competition from Anderlecht and Inter Milan for the 19-year-old schemer and reports are suggesting that Buvac, who has excellent connections in Serbian football, has been the middle man behind the deal.According to FC Inter News, Buvac had been closely watching Grujic over the last year and advised Jurgen Klopp to make direct contact with the player after Inter expressed their interest. Marko Grujic [left] last_img read more

first_imgThe 1920s milk bottle….it’s still in a ditch near DunreeAN intact piece of North West history has been found in a Donegal ditch.A 90-year-old milk bottle had been left among the reeds near Dunree in Inishowen sometime in the 1920s. And it was still there.And when photographer Scott McClintock stumbled upon it, he was amazed it had survived the test of time. “I trekked up the side of a mountain somewhere in Dunree to get a few shots of the beautiful surroundings,” said Scott.“On my travels towards the top I stumbled across an old glass milk bottle that had been sat upright in amongst the reeds.“It caught my eye and it looked interesting enough to make me want to get down and read the print.“It was at that point that I noticed it came from Derry and it belonged to a company or farm called “The Old City Dairy Ltd” and it looked quite old, but it was still intact. Scott discovered this particular bottle had a 3 year run under the name “The Old City Dairy Ltd” before becoming “City Dairy”.It had a run from 1922-1925. City Dairy ran from 1925-1977 (52 years).On the face, in brown lettering is “Cream Lined Milk”, below that in a band is “The Old City Dairy Ltd”, fresh cream daily, telephone no.264357/8 Derry. Embossed on the neck is 1 pint – 568ml, on the bottom is 568ml 15mm – 1312-23 with 7 dots around it.But Scott didn’t take the bottle home. “I have noticed that people collect and sell these bottles as they are quite rare, but at the time I just left it in its original location as it made me wonder how long it has been sitting there before I seen it,” added Scott.INTACT 90-YEAR-OLD MILK BOTTLE FOUND LYING IN DONEGAL DITCH was last modified: August 26th, 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:donegalDunreemilk bottlelast_img read more

first_imgKCCA team that featured in one of the continental games last season. Some of the players do not feature on the list submitted this time round. Courtesy photo.CAF Champions league 2018CNaPS Sport vs KCCA FCFriday, 09-02-18Madagascar.FOOTBALL–KCCA FC start their CAF Champions league journey away to Madagascan side CNaPS sport on Friday.The two-time Azam UPL league giants did negotiate their way past this stage last season and will be hoping for more of the same when they battle CNaPS.“We got past this stage last season and i am confident we can get the job done again,” said a relaxed Mike Mutebi at a press conference yesterday.“It will be a whole lot different as CNaPS play a more possession based style of football as compared to that of Agusto but i hope we will get the desired result,” he added.At the preliminary stage last season, KCCA FC eliminated Angolan side Premiere do Agusto by virtual of away goals as the Kasasiro Boys won 1-0 in Kampala before losing 2-1 in Angola.“We are not going to Madagascar to defend and try to frustrate our opponent like most sides do on the continent,” Mutebi said when asked about the team’s approach towards Friday’s preliminary game.“KCCA FC is not a defensive team and we will try to play our way so as to get the desired result. Our desired result is to win the game and hopefully kill off the tie in Madagascar before the second leg,” he added.KCCA will have to do several senior players for Friday’s game as midfielder Muzamir Mutyaba is nursing a foot injury, goalkeeper Tom Ikara has a shoulder injury and so is Paul Musamali and Jackson Nunda who are still on their way to full fitness after recovering from a length lay off.KCCA FC will hope they can match or even better last season’s exploits in the continent despite several changes to the squad.Last season, the Kasasiro boys where eliminated in the first round of the Champions league and dumped to the Confederations cup.In Africa’s second biggest club competition, KCCA FC went as far as the group stages finishing third in group A and failing to qualify for the knockout stage.The Kasasiro boys also yesterday released a list of 27 players that they will be using at the preliminary stage.The list leaves room for three more players to be added as CAF requires every team to use a maximum of 30 players.It looks much changed from the one the Kasasiro Boys submitted last season as many players have since left and a crop of young inexperienced lads have come in.The surprise omission on the list is goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan who was poised to move to Zambian heavyweights Nkana Red Devils but the deal fell through last month.Once the Kasasiro Boys qualify for the group stages, they are allowed to make some adjustments to their squad as per CAF rules.The list of players KCCA sent to CAF for the Preliminary roundsMaliyamungu Jamil, Lukwago Charles, Ikara Tom, Habib Kavuma, Lawrence Bukenya, Wammanah Ibrahim, Timothy Dennis Awany, Sadam Ibrahim Juma, Okwalinga Solomon, Nunda Jackson, Nsibambi Derrick, Mutyaba Muzamiru, Matsiko Abubakari, Kizza Mustafa, Magambo Peter, Mucureezi Paul, Musamali Paul, Okot Oola Dennis, Senjobe Eric, Sserwada Steven, Kirabira Isaac, Muhammad Shaban, Poloto Julius, Musana Hassan, Okello Allan, Kaddu Patrick, Obenchan Filbert.Commentslast_img read more

first_imgThe main Letterkenny-Lifford road has reopened following a crash earlier this evening.Emergency services attended the scene of the accident and traffic was diverted at the Whitecross junction for some time.It is the second accident on the same stretch of road after a two-car collision on Monday resulted in its closure. The road has since reopened. Letterkenny-Lifford road reopens after another collision was last modified: November 8th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:letterkennyLiffordlast_img read more