Dear Editor,With all these excuses by Republic Bank on its new banking platform, supposedly making it easier for its customer to do banking and all that hocus pocus, the Bank needs to make it easier for customers who do online banking. In the past, to access your online banking account, they used the Republic ID-Secure card with numbers which were issued by the bank which I paid over US$15 to courier to me in the US.Now that card has become useless with the introduction of Republic Bank Guyana’s mobile app which has to be downloaded only on an iPhone or iPad, which I do not have. All my online banking is done with my Dell Inspiron Windows 10 laptop computer; therefore, the Bank must accommodate the use of computers if they want to keep their customers.Sincerely,Albert Persaud
Director of Energy, Mark Bynoe…acknowledges political situation will cause legislative delayThe Director of Energy, Mark Bynoe, has revealed that the long-awaited Local Content Policy has been submitted to the Department, which in turn will be submitted to Cabinet. He was, however, quick to note that with the political situation with Government, there will be a delay on the policy being enacted to legislation.At present, Guyana has a caretaker Government after the Caribbean Court of Justice ruled that the APNU/AFC Administration toppled after the No-Confidence Motion was validly passed on December 21, 2018.In an interview with Guyana Times on Saturday, Bynoe was reluctant to give further details but would only say that a “press conference” would soon be scheduled to answer further questions relating to the policy.The Department held a press conference in May where Bynoe had expressed the hope of having the consultancy phase completed by June.The Government’s Energy Department Head had assured that the document would be ready before first oil, which is now due in a matter of months. This commitment was given more than three years after oil was first discovered off Guyana’s coast by United States oil giant ExxonMobil.Meanwhile, only recently, acknowledging that the passage of the No-Confidence Motion would delay the full implementation of the necessary frameworks ahead of first oil slated for early 2020, President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) Nicholas Boyer posited, however, that the governing coalition had sufficient time to put systems in place, especially since oil in commercial quantities was discovered simultaneously when it entered office over four years ago.“I don’t think we have the time but I think we should have been doing this from a while now because these things have been talked about for a year or two now. We can look at the date that the Petroleum Bill was laid over, we can look at the date the first consultant, Anthony Paul, was hired for the draft Local Content Policy. These didn’t start yesterday. So if I had to say if are we doing a good job in terms of implementing, [I’d say] no because we spent money, we’ve taken action and we failed [to put key regulatory infrastructures in place],” Boyer told reporters on Wednesday.Meanwhile, former Private Sector Commission Chairman, Desmond Sears spoke about the fact that there is need for a stronger Local Content Policy as the draft legislation is still missing key elements as to how it will achieve its goals.According to Sears, the need for local content policies and practices being embedded within the legislative framework is critical at this point, given that oil production is expected within a few months’ time.Although the importance of this legislation cannot be underscored enough, he mentioned the inadequacies of the current draft, prepared by the Ministry of the Presidency’s Department of Energy.However, as important as the legislation is, he pointed to the equal prominence balance would take, given that a strong LCP can scare away investors.Like the Private Sector, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party has also blasted the Government for its failure to have this key piece of legislation produced.The Local Content Policy will guide the State in guarding against local companies being bypassed for contracts and services with foreign companies and workers being favoured.The draft Local Content Policy has been criticised for lacking provisions which would safeguard against exploitation by companies. It had been reported that the document does not cater for issues such as how to avoid procurement fraud, conflict of interest and favouritism, among others. (Davina Ramdass)
The Guyana Police Force (GPF) now has a compliment of 120 newly-trained ranks who successfully completed the Station Management and Newly-Promoted Subordinate Officers, Drill Instructors, and Special Constable Initial Training Courses 2019.The newly trained ranks in a group photo with Deputy Commissioner Clifton Hicken and other senior Officers of the GPFThese courses were aimed at improving efficiency, encouraging best practices and improving leadership amongst subordinate officers.The ceremony was held under the theme, “Improving Police Professionalism through Effective Training and Mentorship”, at the Officers’ Training Centre, Camp Street.The Special Constable Initial Training Course commenced training on May 13 last with 61 participants while the other three courses commenced on June 3.The Station Management Course saw participation of 30 ranks and the Newly-Promoted Subordinate Officers Course saw 30 persons participating, while 19 participated in the Drill Instructors Course.The Station Management and Newly-Promoted Subordinate Officers Courses focused on community policing, crime mapping, risk management, operation order, and ethical behaviour in law enforcement, human rights and tourism policing.The Force’s Training Officer Deputy Commissioner of Police, Clifton Hicken, in his address, highlighted that if the Force is to achieve its objectives, such courses are necessary and will have to be continuous.He expressed optimism that by the end of the year, these courses can be added to all divisions and branches while noting his optimism that the force can see more positive relations stemming from this type of training from members of the public and GPF.It is expected that when the newly-trained ranks return to their individual responsibilities, they will reflect a new behavioural pattern in terms of Police interaction with members of the public, which is the objective of having such training courses, Hicken said.Deputy Commissioner Hicken further highlighted that as the environment demands a change of attitude, these courses are identified to develop the capacity of the GPF.He noted that although the courses were challenging, he was proud that all participants endured and completed them successfully.Meanwhile, Sergeant Davanand Roberts, who reported on the courses detail, encouraged the ranks to be proactive, maintain discipline, and also to also exercise humility, be courageous at all times and be reminded constantly of their Oath of Office and be so guided.The Drill Instructors Course, he said, was aimed at teaching the development of the basic skills in foot, arms, cane and pace and stick drills. The course was a challenging one and served to test the physical, mental and emotional strength of the participants.Sergeant Roberts noted too that during the Special Constables Course, ranks were exposed to the basic and essential principles of policing, practices and procedures, foot and arms drills, physical exercise, self-defence tactics and firearm training. They were also lectured on various topics including crime, traffic, domestic violence, human rights, first aid, anger management and English language. At the end of these courses, the ranks were tested and graded on their performances.They were also exposed to community outreaches where they ventured into various communities in Divisions A, B and C and had interaction with members of the public— all forming part of building trust and partnership.
…says “baseline” vs “aggressive” spending reduces chance of Dutch disease…urges equal levels of saving, spending during first 5 yearsThe International Monetary Fund (IMF) has recommended that Guyana adopt a “baseline” approach when it comes to spending oil money on public investments, in order to avoid the dreaded “Dutch disease” that is known to plague oil rich economies. According to the fund, in its most recent report on Guyana, using an “aggressive” instead of a “baseline” spending model can have several negative macro-economic effects on a country that already has an infrastructure and development deficit.“Dutch disease is lower under the “baseline’” approach,” the IMF team said. “Rapid growth in public investment spending in the “aggressive” approach would dampen private consumption and investment significantly due to large crowding out effects”.The report added, in addition to higher real interest rates from large public sector borrowing in the short term, massive front-loading of Government investment spending would lead to higher inflation and more pronounced appreciation of the real exchange rate, adversely affecting export competitiveness.According to the report, such spending would result in reduced output from the trading sector and, thus, worsens the “Dutch disease” effects. The report noted that the “baseline” approach reduces the chance for the crowding out of private buying. In addition, the report warned, the effect of investment from the increased Government spending is dampened.“Despite the relatively lower amount of public investment spending to improve infrastructure compared to the “aggressive” approach, non-oil output growth in the medium- and longer-term are higher as public investment reinforces private investment, thus, minimising the effects of ‘Dutch disease’ and crowding out of private demand,” the report noted.SpendingDespite this, however, the fund acknowledged that large transfers of oil money to the budget are expected over the next five years, as well as accumulated savings in the Natural Resource Fund (NRF). It, therefore, urged equal spending and saving during the first five years as the best option in Guyana’s context to help prevent the Dutch disease.Based on projected oil prices and production, it noted that transfers to the budget will amount to a cumulative 32.7 per cent of non-oil GDP (Gross Domestic Product) over 2020 to 2024 and the balance in the NRF would amount to 30.1 per cent of non-oil GDP by end-2024. This presents an opportunity to scale-up capital and current spending to address infrastructure gaps and human development needs”.“Staff views the implied roughly equal shares of saving versus spending of the oil income during the first five years as appropriate—it should contain “Dutch disease” effects. Staff emphasised the need to continuously monitor the economy’s absorptive capacity and to stand ready to scale back spending if signs of overheating or spending inefficiencies emerge”.The Natural Resources Fund (NRF) Act remains the only piece of legislation specifically for the oil and gas sector that fully ventilated and passed. It creates the NRF fund and oversight committee, which will save and oversee oil revenue for Guyana.Finance Minister Winston Jordan has previously said that oil revenue, when it arrives, will be divided into three parts: monies to go into the budget, money to be held as a buffer and monies to be saved for future generations. However, he has sought to downplay the amount of money Guyana will earn in 2020.The report also notes that recommendations from past reports had included warning Guyana to keep its fiscal deficit reduced, make public investment implementation more efficient and to avoid non-concessional loans from external organisations.“The authorities’ policies have been broadly consistent with these recommendations,” the report observed. “In addition, the authorities continue to benefit from Technical Assistance (TA) delivered by the Fund and other providers”.
Leroy Sane was one of the stars of City’s romp to a record 100 Premier League points and the League Cup last season. The 22-year-old was crowned Young Player of the Year in England thanks to a stellar return of 14 goals and 19 assists in all competitions.However, that still wasn’t enough to earn him a place in Germany’s World Cup squad as Sane was surprisingly cut from Joachim Loew’s 23.Sane may have had the last laugh as the defending champions crashed out in the group stages — the first time in 80 years Germany had fallen at the first hurdle.The pace, direct running and eye for a quick shot at goal possessed by the former Schalke winger were all traits missing from a laboured and predictable Germany in Russia.– Let down by body language –Leroy Sane was recalled to the Germany squad last month after being left out by Joachim Loew for the World Cup © AFP / Christof STACHEYet, there was no time for Sane to feel vindicated as on his return to club duty he was similarly shunned by Guardiola, sparking doubts over his attitude off the field.“Sometimes you have the feeling with Leroy’s body language that it is all the same whether we win or lose. He has to improve his body language,” said Germany’s vice-captain Toni Kroos even as Sane was recalled to Loew’s squad for last month’s Nations League opener against newly crowned world champions France.“He was fantastic for City last year but Pep has the same problem at the moment -– he’s trying to get the best out of him so he can perform better.”If Guardiola was looking for a reaction, he has got what he desired.After being dropped for City’s first four Premier League games of the season, Sane scored just two minutes into his return against Fulham and has created a goal in all three of his appearances since.That included Bernardo Silva’s consolation against Lyon as Sane came off the bench to transform a pedestrian first-half performance that has put City under pressure to bounce back this week.“Leroy has played really good the last few games,” said Guardiola after Saturday’s 2-0 win over Brighton in which Sane created Raheem Sterling’s opening goal.“Our profession is so demanding, we have to do our best every single day. I want all of my players to be focused.”Guardiola is notoriously demanding of his players’ professionalism. But having racked up titles in charge of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and now City, the Catalan coach knows which players are worth persisting with.“We never -– even in this period when he didn’t play -– doubted Leroy’s quality,” added Guardiola after Sane’s instant impact against Fulham.With his club manager’s faith restored, Sane heads back to Germany with a perfect chance to show his compatriots, least of all Loew, what they were missing in a rare summer of sorrow at international level.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000German international Leroy Sane has won his place in the Manchester City team back in time to face Hoffenheim in his homeland on Tuesday © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 1 – Manchester City travel to Hoffenheim on Tuesday desperately needing a win to kickstart a Champions League campaign that began with a shock 2-1 defeat to Lyon for the competition favourites.There should therefore be no shortage of motivation for Pep Guardiola’s men, but one member of the City squad will be especially keen to make a big impression back on German soil.
0Shares0000KCB head of corporate communications manager Peter Mwaura hands over a Sh750,000 cheque to SJAK president Chris Mbaisi. PHOTO/SJAKNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 27 – Kenya Commercial Bank and soft drink company Coca-Cola have splashed Sh750,000 for this year’s Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) Sports Day to be staged at the Kasarani Stadium on October 13.KCB will be the headline sponsors of the tournament after handing in a cheque of Sh500,000 while Coca-Cola will sponsor the event to a tune of Sh250,000. “We are happy that we are finally doing this because it was long overdue. We had initially planned to do this in July but because of various factors including the tight calendar of our line of duty, we had to look for a new date,” said SJAK president Chris Mbaisi.The event had been scheduled to coincide with the World Sports Journalists Day on July 2.KCB has sponsored all three previous events including in 2016 when the Association invited their counterparts from Tanzania to celebrate the day at the Railway Club in Nairobi.“We are glad to be sponsoring this event because it is our way of appreciating the media. They have been at the centre of telling our stories as KCB bank over the years and this is why we decided to sponsor this day and also give them an opportunity of enjoying sports,” KCB head of corporate communications manager Peter Mwaura said during the launch.SJAK president Chris Mbaisi speaks during the launch of the SJAK SPorts Day. PHOTO/SJAKHe added; “The bank is big in sports and we find it important to interact with the sports journalists because they are the ones who tell the story and we are happy to be here.”KCB sponsors a football team which is on the verge of gaining promotion back to the Kenyan premier League, a volleyball team and a rugby team which has dominated the 15s version of the game and are current Kenya Cup champions.KCB also sponsors golf and motorsports.The Sports Day to be held at the Kasarani Stadium will incorporate four disciplines; football, egg and sack race as well as a 4x100m relay race.There will be 18 teams participating in the tournament including Capital FM who are the undisputed champions of five-a-side football in inter-media tournaments as well as a team each from the two sponsors.Winners will be determined by accrued points and they will walk home with Sh75,000 while the second placed team will earn Sh50,000. The second runners up will clinch a cash reward of Sh30,000.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)
Promoted PostLocal entrepreneur Dereck Walker is planning to get the good news of his wheatgrass product out there.Kellys of Mountaintop.Kellys of Mountaintop in Letterkenny is holding an information and sampling night in their diner this Tuesday night from 7-8pm. On the night there will be information on the benefits of wheatgrass and how to prepare it for use.Garvin Walker, local fitness instructor, will also speak about the positive effects wheatgrass has when training and share his experience of using itFinally every person attending will get a FREE sample to take home with them BENEFITS OF WHEATGRASS TO BE UNVEILED AT INFO MEETING IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: January 10th, 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)
The use of mouthguards for all underage players will be compulsory from this year onwards, and for all ages (including seniors) from next year. More details available at http://www.gaa.ie/mouthguards/; and on the club website.The senior and reserve teams were at different ends of four point winning margins in their games against Aodh Ruadh in Ballyshannon on Saturday. The seniors were defeated on a scoreline of 1-11 to 0-10, but the reserves recorded a great victory (1-8 to 3-6). The next opponents are Naomh Brid in home games scheduled for Saturday (13th).The minors were narrowly defeated (1-5 to 1-4) away to Gweedore on Tuesday. They then suffered a home defeat on Friday to St. Eunans. The u14 league kicked off on Monday with Naomh Colmcille collecting the points after Naomh Padraig Lifford’s non-appearance. They followed this up with a narrow defeat away to Muff on Wednesday in a high-scoring game (4-13 to 4-9) brought forward from this week. The next match will be on Monday (15th) at home against Malin.The club hosted another very successful Easter camp on Tuesday and Wednesday. Well done to all the kids that took part and thanks to the coaches for running the camp. Thanks also to Sharon, Darina and Alison for looking after the refreshments.Naomh Colmcille were well represented in the 5k organised by the Donegal County board in Ballybofey on Saturday, The club finished in 3rd place overall, including 2nd in the individual men’s event (Colin Watson), and 2nd and 3rd in the individual women’s race (Tanya Doran and Catriona Lynch respectively). Well done to everyone who took part on behalf of the club. The next committee meeting is due to take place on Monday (8th) at 8:00 pm.You can now keep up to date with the latest club news on twitter: Go to https://twitter.com/Naomh_Colmcille and hit Follow.The club is again registered for the Sainsbury’s Active Kids scheme so please start collecting the vouchers on behalf of the club.Well done to William Gillespie and his Donegal u21 team-mates on their great Ulster Championship win over Derry in the semi-final. Best of luck in this week’s final against Cavan.Training and Match ScheduleInformation here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups. The page will be updated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’s Facebook page. Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink). Remember a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches.New players most welcome for all teams. Come along to the session scheduled below, or contact the team coach/manager (contact details on the training schedule section of the club website) for details.U8. Training continues Saturday 13th April at 11:00 am sharp for one hour. U10 girls can also come to this session.U10. Training continues Friday 12th April at 6:30 pm sharp for one hour. U12. Training continues Friday 12th April at 6:30 pm sharp for one hour.U14. Training continues on Sunday (14th April) at 1 pm sharp for one hourMinors. See Facebook page and website for training updates during the week.Seniors / Reserves. Training at the pitch on Tuesday (9th) and Thursday (11th) at 7 pm sharp. The session will run for 1.5 hours. Next match is at home against Naomh Brid on Saturday (13th). Time TBC. See Facebook and website during the week for updates.Naomh Colmcille Weekly LottoThis week’s results are currently unavailable and will be included in next week’s notes and on the website during the week. The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE CLUB NOTES was last modified: April 8th, 2013 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:NAOMH COLMCILLE CLUB NOTES
MOVILLE’S Minor Ladies take on Lurgan of Cavan at home tomorrow after their pitch was cleared to play this evening.The county champions semi-final game throws in at 1pm on Sunday. LADIES FOOTBALL: MOVILLE MINOR ULSTER SEMI-FINAL GETS GO-AHEAD was last modified: December 5th, 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:CavandonegalDonegal LGFALurganmoville
A pedigree dog which went missing from its locked up enclosure in Buncrana has been recovered.Nala is described as a gentle giant.Nala, a dogue de Bordeaux, went missing from its owner’s home at Cassey Road yesterday morning.The owner was first alerted when his other dogs began barking. An appeal was put on Donegal Daily in a bid to find the missing dog amidst fears that it had been stolen.However, the dog was found wandering in Buncrana yesterday but the owners still thought know how it got out of its enclosure.A number of dogs have gone missing in the Inishowen area in recent weeks.MISSING PEDIGREE DOG FOUND SAFE AND WELL was last modified: January 26th, 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:buncranaDOGdogue de Bordeauxfoundmissing