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GGMC misguided in its authority and functions

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Gold Board, under Chairman GHK Lall, has become an institution, and is misguided in its authority and functions. As a miner, I am convinced that Lall has bluffed his way to the reins of the Gold Board, and acts not in the interest of the gold miners and Government, but rather himself.From the numerous press statements in the various newspapers about the board having no wiggle room under the guise of the conflict free gold is completely false.This is utter nonsense, since the international reference countries for conflicts fold does not include Guyana. Furthermore, conflict-affected and high-risk areas are identified by the presence of armed conflicts, widespread violence, or other risk of harm to people.Armed conflicts may take a variety of forms, such as conflict of international and non-international character, which may involve two or more states, or may consist of war of liberation, or insurgencies, civil war etc.High-risk areas may include areas of political instability or repression, institutional weakness, insecurity, collapse of civil infrastructure, and widespread violence. Such areas are often characterised by widespread human rights abuses and violations of national and international law.Guyana is not in any of the definition described above, and, as such, the chairman makes these false statements, contrary to the Gold Board Act, and requires from dealers and miners unnecessary documentation under the guise of having to be complaint within international partners.What is even more astounding is that Lall seems to be usurping the functions of the Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman, and by his actions is killing the goose that lay the golden egg for Guyana.Mr Lall should understand that it is us, the miners, who keep the wheel of the industry and sector turning; and being the largest foreign exchange earners, his continuous actions are causing unnecessary burden on simple miners.This, in turn, has caused dealers to turn away miners, as they say it is the Gold Board requirement for compliance, all of which we have been using for years and no issue.The Gold Board is being run like a cake shop, constantly changing their minds when it comes to what they require from miners, all at the bequest of the chairman.Lall seems to be speaking and making decisions as if he is the minister, realizing fully well that his actions will have detrimental impact on miners, dealers and the industry as a whole, as though the minister has no power.I urge the President and the Minister of Natural Resources to seriously look into the mismanagement of the Gold Board, as it seems that under their Chairman the board is being treated like a personal guinea pig for Mr Lall’s infatuations with power, and in the process he is impeding the progress made with stakeholders, such as miners, dealers and associations.With thanks,Minerlast_img read more


PNCR to select Chairman, Vice Chairman today

first_img…“dine and wine” event ends in chaos …Govt vehicle among 5 vehicles damaged By Michael YoungeOver 100 delegates from the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) will either create history or maintain the status quo when they vote in a critical poll to elect the new Central Executive Committee of that party today.That Central Executive Committee will be tasked with leading the PNCR into the upcoming Local Government Elections and the subsequent 2020 General and Regional Elections.On Friday night and all day Saturday, the high-ranking officials who are vying for top posts held independent and informal meetings with delegates in order to canvas their electoral support ahead of today’s vote.The most critical aspect of the voting process is related to the selection of a new party chairman. That post is currently being held by PNCR executive member Basil Williams, who has served two consecutive terms.Williams, the country’s current Attorney General, is seeking a third term in the post, which actively means that he could become the next in line to replace the party’s leader, David Granger, if Granger chooses not to run in 2020 as the party’s presidential candidate.Over the weekend, Williams and the groups that nominated him seemed to be a bit uneasy, as a majority of the delegates who had earlier pledged support to him were apparently deflecting to his competitors.Also contesting for the position of party chairman is head of the PNCR Women’s Arm, Volda Lawrence. Lawrence currently serves as the country’s Public Health Minister after a short stint as its Social Protection Minister.“She’s one to beat”, a party insider had opined during an exchange with the Guyana Times on Thursday last. Lawrence’s support base is drawn from Georgetown and Region Four generally. She also commands a strong support base in Regions Five, Nine and 10.The final competitor for the post of party chairman is PNCR executive member Joseph Harmon. In the lead up to the Congress, he managed to launch an effective social media campaign, and has been visiting various regions, where he has been holding a number of engagements.Harmon serves as the country’s Minister of State, and is generally viewed as the closest confidant of President David Granger, who is the leader of the PNC/R. On Friday, news swept through the congress that Harmon had managed to secure the blessings of the top party executives, but this could not be confirmed by this publication.Meanwhile, a slew of young people have thrown their hats into the ring when they signalled their intention to run for the post of party vice chairman. Chief among the contenders is current Vice Chairman Volda Lawrence and Dr George Norton, who were nominated again.New challengers include Christopher Jones, who is the country’s current Director of Sport; while Annette Ferguson, who is serving as the Junior Public Infrastructure Minister in the coalition Government, has also signalled her interest. Other contenders include party executives Aubrey Norton and Thandi McAllister. One of the party’s diaspora representatives, Cosford Roberts, has also indicated his intention to seek election to the office.“Dine and wine” socialThe party’s election process is taking place after day one ended in controversy and a myriad of problems which stemmed from an after-conference event.On Friday evening, the event saw complete chaos taking place after at least five vehicles belonging to attendees — one of which is attached to the Social Cohesion Ministry — became involved in a collision outside of the after-conference venue, Georgetown Club on Camp Street, Georgetown.While details are still sketchy, Police “A” Division Commander Marlon Chapman and Traffic Chief Ramesh Ashram have both confirmed the incident. However, while Chapman noted that he had no information regarding what transpired, Ashram disclosed that one vehicle belonging to the Social Cohesion Ministry was involved.The Traffic Chief further explained that the multi-vehicle collision was deemed minor, as only vehicles were damaged.When Guyana Times spoke to Ashram on Saturday afternoon, he said he had only been briefed on the accident, and had not received a full report.While unconfirmed, information has surfaced that the accident occurred as a result of the PNCR Congress attendees over imbibing and attempting to drive.It is also alleged that following the accident, Government officials quickly fled the scene to avoid possible encounters with the media. Investigations are ongoing.last_img read more


Croatia beat Denmark in dramatic shoot-out

first_img0Shares0000Croatia players leap off in celebration after Ivan Rakitic’s penalty sent them to the World Cup quarter finals. PHOTO/FIFANIZHNIY NOVGOROD, Russia, Jul 1- Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic was the hero as Croatia squeezed into the World Cup quarter-finals with a penalty shoot-out victory over Denmark here Sunday.On a night of late, late drama Ivan Rakitic stroked home the decisive spotkick to ensure the Croats advanced to a last eight meeting with Russia after the two sides finished locked at 1-1 following extra-time. The Barcelona midfielder’s winner came after Milan Badelj and Josip Pivaric saw their penalties saved by Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who also saved an extra time penalty from Luka Modric.But Danes Christian Eriksen, Lasse Schone and Nicolai Jorgensen were thwarted by Subasic in the shootout to ensure Croatia won 3-2 and advanced to their first quarter-finals since the 1998 World Cup in France.The dramatic ending followed early excitement — but little in between.In an astonishing start to the match, both teams scored within four minutes via their first attacks.First, Mathias Jorgensen turned home in the second minute after Croatia failed to clear a long throw-in from Jonas Knudsen, the defender’s shot creeping under Subasic to give Denmark the perfect start.But any hopes they could hold onto their lead vanished within 90 seconds.With the Nizhny Novgorod stadium still rocking from the frantic start, Croatia went upfield and promptly equalised.Action between Croatia and Denmark in the World Cup last 16Again, the goal owed more than a little to bad defending when a Sime Vrsaljko cross was hammered by Henrik Dalsgaard into fellow Dane Andreas Christensen and the ball fell obligingly in the penalty area to Mario Mandzukic who scored.The explosive start — both sides hit the back of the net within three minutes and thirty seven seconds — was officially the quickest two teams have ever scored in a World Cup finals match.The following 116 minutes though largely failed to live up to the first four, fireworks giving way to a damp squib of an encounter as the game edged inexorably towards extra time and penalties.Billed as a clash between the opposing number 10s, Modric and Eriksen, it instead became increasingly attritional and tactical, with both playmakers unable to find any space.Instead the player who created most chances was Knudsen with his long throws.Few clear chances were created by either side until Modric’s late penalty miss.That came after Ante Rebic was fouled in the 116th minute Mathias Jorgensen, with the goal at his mercy.Modric stepped up but side-footed weakly and Schmeichel made the first of his three penalty saves on the night, all in vain, as his legendary goalkeeping father Peter punched the air in delight as he watched on in the stands.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


This €40m midfielder could be the perfect buy for Klopp – spotlight on whizz-kid

first_img1 Ruben Neves (centre) By Charlie BennettNew Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp already has plenty of options in midfield in Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Emre Can, Lucas Leiva and Joe Allen, but could they be joined by one more?Here, talkSPORT takes a look at Ruben Neves, who Liverpool are reportedly leading the chase for.Name: Ruben NevesDate of birth: 13/03/1997Birthplace: Santa Maria da Feira, PortugalPosition: Central midfieldClub: PortoWhat’s the latest?Liverpool are said to have been monitoring the deep-lying holding midfielder since January, and Klopp has reportedly given his blessing for a deal to go ahead. However, he won’t come cheap, with Porto tieing Neves down to a contract until 2017 and, crucially, implementing a €40m buy-out clause last year as they sensed bigger clubs sniffing around.Did you know?1) Neves became Porto’s youngest ever league goalscorer when he found the net on his debut in August last season against Maritimo with a drilled shot from inside the box. This season, he became the Champions League’s youngest ever captain when he lead the team against Maccabi Tel Aviv in the recent 2-0 Champions League win.2) Due to his ball control, composure, passing ability and aggression, Neves has been compared to Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets by Cristian Tello, who is on loan at Porto from Barca.3) But he has a cleaner disciplinary record than Busquets with just two yellow cards so far this season in comparison to the Spaniard’s six.4) Liverpool’s first-team development coach Pepijn Lijnders has already worked with Neves at Porto, and was a key figure behind the midfielder’s progression to the first team.5) Neves signed with super-agent Jorge Mendes earlier this year, joining the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose Mourinho and Radamel Falcao as his client.They say:We talk about technical and tactical talent, but Neves has extraordianary mental talents. He’s a player who sees the game with an extraordianary calmness and know what the game needs– Porto B coach Luis Castro believes Neves’ mental strength sets him apart from the rest.Video evidence:last_img read more


ASTRONAUT BUZZ FINDS HIS NORTHERN LIGHTS OFF DONEGAL!

first_imgBuzz finds the Northern Lights!He went in search of the Northern Lights and he found them.Gerard O’Kane of Donegal Photo Tours sent us this stunning shot of the lights off Inishowen last night.We’re not sure if the picture was photobombed by Buzz or if it was a plant. Either way – it gave us a good St Patrick’s night laugh!    ASTRONAUT BUZZ FINDS HIS NORTHERN LIGHTS OFF DONEGAL! was last modified: March 17th, 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)last_img read more


Everton and West Ham join chase for Chelsea striker

first_img1 Everton and West Ham are among the clubs hoping to sign Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore this summer.Both Premier League sides are vying to add to their attacking line-ups during the summer window with a number of names linked.According to Foot Mercato, they have now joined Borussia Monchengladbach, Lille, Lyon and Schalke in the race for Traore.With no obvious route into the Chelsea first team for the 21-year-old, he spent last season on loan at Ajax, where he scored nine goals in 24 league appearances.However, it appears that he will now be leaving for good this summer, with cash bids reportedly already submitted to Chelsea. Bertrand Traore impressed on loan at Ajax last season last_img


Is this Everton’s starting XI next season with Rooney and other signings?

first_img 11 11 Centre midfield: Tom Davies – Perhaps one of the most questionable selections in this XI is the inclusion of 19-year-old Davies who caught the eye as he broke into the first team last season. The throwback midfielder may need to polish some areas of his game but he has shown with his driving runs, and superb goal against Manchester City, that he is more than capable. He faces competition from the also-impressive Idrissa Gueye, Muhamed Besic and Gareth Barry but Davies is a hugely impressive commodity. Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford – The most expensive British goalkeeper looks destined for great things and his arrival from Sunderland for £30million assures his place as Everton’s starter. The 23-year-old keeper matches his excellent shot-stopping ability with fine distribution and he will relish the opportunity to play in a Premier League side that isn’t tumbling towards relegation. Pickford could well be battling it out with Jack Butland to be England number one at the 2018 World Cup. Right-back: Mason Holgate – While the England Under-21 international’s long-term future may be at centre-half, the 20-year-old looks set to continue at right-back with first-choice Seamus Coleman recovering from his horrific broken leg injury. The former Barnsley man has plenty of pedigree and it could turn into a breakthrough season for the defender as he looks set for a run in the team. Time for him to show his undoubted potential. 11 Everyone is impressed with Everton’s summer transfer business so far with the likes of Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez all incoming.Of course, if reports this week are to be believed, there is no stopping Ronald Koeman as he looks set to add Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney to his ranks.The addition of players have left many Everton fans understandably excited for the season ahead as they look set to mix it at the top of the league.So here talkSPORT have taken a look at what could be Everton’s starting XI for the upcoming campaign including their new signings and those who could be incoming later on in the window.Scroll through the gallery above to see their impressive 4-2-3-1 line-up. Left-back: Leighton Baines – Has been Everton’s first-choice left-back for the best part of nine years now and you wouldn’t expect things to change for the one-time England international. Now 32 years of age Baines is still a solid defender but his delivery, free-kick ability and penalty taking skills continue to be valuable for the Toffees. If he stays injury free he could hit the 400 appearance mark for the club in this upcoming season. 11 11 Striker: Olivier Giroud – The final piece in the puzzle? Current striking star Romelu Lukaku looks to be on his way out and, despite the signing of 21-year-old Spaniard Sandro Ramirez, Koeman is thought to be interested in Arsenal’s Giroud. With Alexandre Lacazette’s arrival in North London looking imminent Giroud could be on his way out of the club and he has shown himself to be a highly competent Premier League forward. He can be used as a solid focal point up top for Everton and has an impressive strike-rate at Arsenal – averaging a goal every 157.8 minutes in the league. 11 11 11 11 11 Centre-back: Ashley Williams – A key summer signing last year, the Wales captain looks set to be the man to partner Keane at the heart of the defence next season. It will be a straight fight between Williams, club-captain Phil Jagielka and Ramiro Funes Mori for the starting spot but you would expect the former Swansea stalwart to get the nod. Despite being 32 he adds a great deal of experience to the Everton side and is still a capable Premier League defender. 11 Attacking midfield: Wayne Rooney – The Manchester United legend could be in line for a return to his boyhood club this week as Ronald Koeman looks to sign up the England captain. His stock may have fallen lately, after losing his place in the Manchester United line up under Jose Mourinho, but it should be remembered that Rooney is the Red Devils’ all-time leading goalscorer with 253 goals in 559 appearances. You need a severe amount of skill to achieve that type of milestone and his experience at the very top can only help the Everton squad – both on the pitch and off it. Right-midfield: Dominic Calvert-Lewin – Fresh from scoring the winning goal as the England Under-20s won the World Cup the exciting forward could get set for a run in the team with a spot available out wide. With Yannick Bolasie targeting an injury return before the end of 2017 the ex-Crystal Palace man would likely be first-choice in this position but, in the meantime, the spot is up for grabs. Calvert-Lewin faces competition from Kevin Mirallas, Ademola Lookman and Aaron Lennon but the 20-year-old’s summer exploits could hand him the nod. Left midfield: Davy Klaassen – Brought in from Ajax for around £24million the Dutch midfielder has been added for his creativity. Klaassen played the majority of his time in the centre of the park for his former club but you wouldn’t be surprised to see him line-up on the left – in the same way Christian Eriksen does for Tottenham – allowing him to roam in a fluid attacking system. With Ross Barkley supposedly on the way out Klaassen’s ability on the ball will be paramount if Everton are to threaten the Premier League’s established big boys. Centre-back: Michael Keane – Another statement of intent from Ronald Koeman’s side was the signing of former Manchester United man Keane for £30million. The 24-year-old enjoyed a hugely successful season last year as he helped Burnley cement themselves in the Premier League before making his England senior debut in March. Stepping up to Everton will be another key move in the player’s development but his current trajectory suggests it is a wise decision for the Toffees to sign him up. Centre midfield: Morgan Schneiderlin – The French international was reunited with his former manager at Southampton after Everton signed him for £24million from Manchester United in January. His choice of squad number may be questionable but there is nothing questionable about his ability as a holding midfield player. The 27-year-old’s time at United may have been a struggle but he has shown before at the Saints he can perform at this level. last_img read more


LOOK HUGH’S TURNED 21 TODAY!

first_imgDonegal Daily would like to wish Hugh Boyle a very happy 21st birthday!Hugh, from Annagry is a second year IT student at LYIT, and has done some work experience with us – and has proved to be a dab man around the keyboard. However, Hugh won’t be able to have a celebratory beverage this weekend!Hugh is currently part of the Donegal GAA U21 squad, who are busily preparing for their Ulster Championship clash next Wednesday night.Donegal will play the winners of Antrim and Derry who meet in the preliminary round tonight at Celtic Park.Judging by some of the pictures above, the talented GAA star has worked very hard on his fitness over the years!! Go on easy on the cake young man, and we hope you’ve a great day! LOOK HUGH’S TURNED 21 TODAY! was last modified: March 9th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:21birthdayGAAHugh BoylenewsSportlast_img read more


David Beckham wants Real Madrid Galactico to manage Lionel Messi at Inter Miami

first_img How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings SORRY The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 The former England captain exercised his contractual clause to start his own MLS team in January of this year and is already plotting manoeuvres to make them the biggest side in America.By the time Inter Miami are running in two years time, Messi will have two years left on his Barca deal aged 32 and may consider the move.And, according to the Daily Mirror, Becks wants his Galactico teammate Zidane to run the team.The Frenchman’s last job saw him retain the Champions League trophy for an incredible third time in a row before surprisingly quitting just days later. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT predicted Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Most Popular Football Stories 2 Beckham and Messi could be reunited for Inter Miami CF 2 latest Although he has been linked with moves to Qatar, communications with close friend Beckham may convince him otherwise.Inter Miami will be based in a 70% Hispanic neighbourhood so the signing of a South American star would certainly appease the natives.When asked about the possibility of singing the five-time Balon d’Or winner, Beckham said: “Who knows maybe we can see him here in a few years time. BEST OF revealed gameday cracker Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Zidane and Beckham are still firm friends silverware David Beckham has held ‘preliminary talks’ with former Real Madrid teammate Zinedine Zidane about managing his MLS team, Inter Miami CF.And he also wants to sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi once the franchise is up and running by 2020, according to reports. scrap “We want to create the biggest club in the USA and so that means attracting some of the biggest players.”The singing of Zidane would be seen as the more pressing matter for Beckham, with Manchester United circling as pressure grows on Jose Mourinho.It is understood he would prefer a move in Europe, but the pulling power of ‘Brand Beckham’ may convince him otherwise.last_img read more


CALM BEFORE THE STORM AS MET EIREANN ISSUES NEW ORANGE WARNING

first_imgTODAY is going to be a lovely day to get out and about if you’re still in holiday mode – but enjoy it while it lasts as it’s just the calm before the storm.Weather forecasters have issued advance alerts for a new storm set to hit Co Donegal tonight and into Friday – with another severe windstorm looking extremely likely this Sunday night and into Monday.Following mild and clear weather for the most part today, things will turn nasty after dark. Heavy rain with strengthening winds will spread from the Atlantic into southwestern and western areas during the afternoon and countrywide during the evening, turning very showery.It will be very windy in the evening with stormy conditions likely – with a warning of possible coastal flooding due to hide tides, the strong winds and the rainfall.Meanwhile eircom says staff are working to restore services to hundreds of customers in south and west Donegal – 10 days after they were cut off.Said a spokesman: “More than 18,000 faults have been repaired over the past two weeks as a result of the recent severe weather before and during the Christmas period. “We would like to reassure all customers who are currently experiencing a disruption to their telephone and broadband service that we are working as hard as possible to restore service.All available technicians have been diverted onto fault repairs and our crews will continue to carry out repair work throughout the weekend.”STATUS ORANGEWind Warning for Connacht, Donegal, Clare, Cork, Kerry and LimerickBecoming stormy this evening and tonight and continuing for a time tomorrow with South to Southwest winds mean speed 65 to 90 km/hr with gusts 110 to 130 km/hr. Heavy rain, high tides and high seas also, with local flooding, especially in coastal areas.Issued:Thursday 02 January 2014 09:00Valid:Thursday 02 January 2014 17:00 to Friday 03 January 2014 14:00 CALM BEFORE THE STORM AS MET EIREANN ISSUES NEW ORANGE WARNING was last modified: January 3rd, 2014 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:donegal weatherstormweather warninglast_img read more