Thought before action when it comes to our nascent industry

first_imgDear Editor,I write to urge caution amidst the heightened passions and hollow promises which so often characterise Guyanese elections. This election is perhaps the most monumental in the whole of Guyanese history, for it comes at the same time when our oil industry is taking off. The wealth at stake, and the power of good or evil it will provide those who wield it, will surely set the tone for Guyana’s future.It is vitally important that the Government keeps those revenues flowing. It seems to be fashionable of late for politicians and other Guyanese to suggest that Guyana could benefit from attempting to reopen and renegotiate existing contracts. Of course, Guyana left some money on the table when they were first negotiated – that much cannot be disputed. But to suggest that we are best suited by reopening them now seems to me, simply, a farce.Why, you ask? Because to do so ignores the bigger picture. We may be producing oil now, but it is not in any meaningful quantity. That will come later, will the addition of more phases of development in the Stabroek and more discoveries elsewhere. What is the cost of disrupting that? We would also be fools not to consider what is taking place just next door in Suriname. If there is any indication that the reserves there might rival our own, what is to stop oil companies from fleeing Guyana if it seems that we do not respect the rule of law, or that they may get better terms there?On this latter point, Guyanese should consider the example of Mozambique and Tanzania, the neighbouring African states. East Africa has seen a budding rivalry between the two, which have both discovered major offshore gas reserves. Yet, it has been a lopsided contest. Mozambique has moved quickly and decisively, granting attractive terms and arranging for major international operators to get projects online within the shortest possible timeframe. Their regulatory framework and petroleum laws have also been clear and thoughtful, reassuring investors.Tanzania’s path has been one of errors and misjudgements. Its resources are still in the nascent phase after frequent construction delays for the onshore LNG export facility. The country has also established industry laws which provide no clear roadmap on production, commercial processing, liquefaction, transportation, storage or distribution of its natural gas resources. And amongst the most cited concerns for international investment is a new regulation that would allow the Government to apply laws retroactively, giving them the power to renegotiate already-signed contracts.Much of the Tanzania context should be startling familiarity to Guyanese. We sit now in a privileged and unique position with the advent of oil production. We are the darling of the world’s oil industry. Let us not get carried away with our newfound celebrity and let us not be tempted to rash action when patience and deliberation would serve us better. Certainly, every effort must be made to wring out as much benefit from oil operations as is possible for Guyana. That does not mean a blunt approach is the best approach.Yours respectfully,Gregory Lynchlast_img read more

UTD are the biggest club in England -Sanchez

first_img0Shares0000Alexis Sanchez has signed for Manchester United (Photo by Manchester United/Man Utd via Getty Images)LONDON, United Kingdom, January 23 – Alexis Sanchez insists Manchester United are the biggest club in England and says he nearly moved to Old Trafford when Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge.The Chilean completed his move from Arsenal on Monday, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading to the Emirates as part of a swap deal, and will wear the iconic No 7 shirt at Old Trafford. Sanchez spent three-and-a-half-years at Arsenal and it appeared as though he was heading to Manchester City before Pep Guardiola’s side ended their interest in the 29-year-old due to costs, but Sanchez insists he has always dreamed of playing for United and believes he has signed for the biggest club in the country.“Since I was a young lad I’ve always said that my dream was to play for Manchester United, and I’m not just saying that because I’m here now and today it’s come true,” he told MUTV.“I always said as a kid that I’d like to play for United and I once spoke to Sir Alex Ferguson about it. We chatted for around 20 minutes. And I told him that my dream was to come here to Manchester United.“It really is a massive club, very powerful, and so now, when I got the opportunity to come here, I looked at the badge and my hairs just stood up on end because it’s a powerful club and the biggest in England.“I’ve always been motivated by this club, by their red colours, which have always stood out for me and I’m genuinely saying this from the heart when I tell you that this is like a dream come true for me, playing for Manchester United. It makes me feel really happy.”Sanchez, who won two FA Cups during his time with Arsenal, insists he wants to win the Premier League and Champions League at United and says he will be able to fit into Jose Mourinho’s side.“I believe that at this club it’s possible to achieve anything,” he said. “The badge says it all, it’s a huge club on a worldwide scale, and I want to come here and win everything: the Premier League, the Champions League, and whatever comes the club’s way in the future.“I’m a player who likes to win everything. I’m very professional in everything I do. I live for football. I love football. It’s what I’m passionate about. I train hard every day and after a game I try to look at what went well and where I can improve.“I really like to play down the left, through the middle but to tell you the truth, as long as I’m playing football, I’ll fit in anywhere.”Sanchez said the opportunity to work under United boss Mourinho was a major factor in him deciding to move to Old Trafford.“He [Mourinho] indicated it is important for the club for me to be here. I also believe that the club itself cared about me joining, and I got the impression that they were keen for me to come here and wear the No 7 shirt.“I think that also gets through to the player. Players sometimes need to feel important and loved by the club. That was one of the things that attracted me to come here, along with the manager, who is a person who won everything in Italy, the same as he did in Spain, and he’s a manager who likes to win.”-By Sky Sports- 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Father to die for slitting throats of girlfriend, 2 daughters

first_imgThe estranged boyfriend and father had slain each family member in a fit of rage at their Sun Valley home in 2002. He then fled from the nearly decapitated remains, dialed 911 in a cry of remorse and begged to end his life in a “suicide by cop.” During his tear-filled sentencing in Van Nuys Superior Court, attorneys and relatives either begged for clemency or demanded the ultimate sentence. Beltran, sobbing, murmured a plea for mercy. “Your honor, I have caused a lot of pain,” said the 33-year-old truck driver from Anaheim, his hulking body shaking. “God, Father and Lord Jesus Christ, know that in my entire existence, I am sorry for what I did and all the pain I caused. “I beg you to forgive me.” “I ask for clemency for my son,” his mother, Dora Beltran, told the judge. “Please, do not give him the death penalty: There is no life in him left.” Beltran was convicted by a jury last year of capital murder for slaying his daughters, Marissa Beltran, 6, and Natalie Beltran, 2. A mistrial was declared in the case of his girlfriend when the jury failed to decide between first- and second-degree murder. But early this year, Beltran pleaded no contest in the stabbing death of Mariana Michelle Barahona, 24, in exchange for a life sentence. Jury recommended death In the end, though, Judge Barry A. Taylor upheld the jury’s recommendation that Beltran be put to death for killing his two young children. “This is an extremely difficult decision this court has to make,” Taylor said before condemning Beltran to San Quentin State Prison. “There is no more difficult decision.” It was on Jan. 23, 2002, that 200-pound Beltran, upset over the breakup of his family, returned home after a three-month separation. Prosecutors argued that he’d bought a knife, beat Barahona and slashed her throat as she watched TV, nearly cutting off her head. Then, they said, he marched into the bedroom to kill his daughters. Marissa, who was awake, suffered 14 knife wounds and four 9-inch cuts to her neck. Her 22-pound sister likely died in her sleep, her throat sliced from ear to ear, two weeks before her 2nd birthday. The long-haul trucker from El Salvador, who had met his girlfriend of eight years while she was in high school, ransacked the house before fleeing to Orange County and calling 911. A bloody handprint, left by Marissa, hung on the wall above her bed. Deputy District Attorney Andrea Thompson said it was because of the heinous stabbing of the children that Beltran deserved the death penalty. “Nothing can overcome what that child went through, nothing,” co-prosecutor Rose de Mattia told the judge. “The kid fought for her life against her father – the man who loved her, who was supposed to protect her. “He murdered her, and she knew it.” Beltran’s public defenders argued that he deserved life without parole because he’d shown “profound remorse” by dialing 911, directing cops to the crime scene and trying to get himself killed. Wanted to reconcile He’d never before committed a crime, or any act of violence, and had always been an honest, dependable worker. The day before the killings, Beltran had tried to obtain counseling to reunite his family after repeated separations. Then, in a wave of emotion, he snapped. “This is a tragic case – and the tragedy continues with the sentence,” said his attorney, Joel C. Koury, after Wednesday’s hearing. “Julian Beltran has tried to commit suicide four times; he is as remorseful as anyone I’ve ever seen. No one gains by this death sentence.” One Catholic nun who visited Beltran numerous times in jail said he could not forgive himself. She said that, in his own twisted way, he wished to unite his family in heaven. “I know why he did it,” Sister Patricia Geoghegan of the Daughters of Chastity of St. Vincent de Paul said after the sentencing. “He wanted to be with them in eternity. His motivation wasn’t to inflict pain on people; it was to reunite his family.” Panameno, joined by her daughter and son, said their lives were irreparably harmed. “He didn’t appreciate those kids’ lives,” the grandmother from Sherman Oaks told the judge. “He destroyed me and my family. We shall always live in pain. I buy them flowers, asking, `Why not a dress or pair of sandals?’ This will not end today. This will stay with us forever.” (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VAN NUYS – Patricia Panameno counted each day toward justice in the brutal stabbing of her daughter and two granddaughters: five years, nine months, one week and three days. On Wednesday, she got her wish. A judge sentenced Julian Beltran to death for slitting the throats of his girlfriend and two young daughters. “It’s justice. Justice,” declared Panemeno. “He made a choice – and he got what he deserved. All the people who hurt babies, they deserve the same.” last_img

‘The best there is. The best there ever will be’ – Tributes flood in as Gerrard plays final game at Anfield

first_imgThe end of an era.Current and former team-mates and fans were in a sentimental mood as Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard took to the hallowed Anfield turf one last time on Saturday.The likes of Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler, John Arne Riise and Didi Hamaan all waxed lyrical about the Reds skipper, and the club heroes all echoed the supporters’ view – that he is one of the best to ever don the famous red shirt.The whole week has been full of tributes ahead of Gerrard’s final home game before leaving for the MLS, but they flooded out in force as the skipper prepared to grace the pitch.Check out the highlights below! 1 Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard graces the Anfield pitch one last time last_img


first_imgA number of people have appeared before the courts today charged with making false dole claims.A number of people appeared in court charged with defrauding the social welfare.Two separate cases before Judge Paul Kelly at Letterkenny District Court came to a combined total of €50,000 in bogus claims. The various cases were taken by the Minister for Social Protection against various individuals.Judge Kelly addressed one man who had made a false statement to the dole office and claimed bogus payments of €26,000 over four years.Judge Kelly told the man “That’s at the expense of people who are entitled to it.”A number of other individuals also appeared before today’s court charged with making false claims to claim dole payments.The court heard a number of the individuals are paying back the falsely claimed cash as part of repayment plans agreed.COURTS IN CRACKDOWN ON DONEGAL DOLE DEFRAUDERS was last modified: December 2nd, 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:Department of Social Protectiondoledonegalfalse claimslast_img read more


first_imgSo who is the mystery celebrity guest who has been signed up to turn on Letterkenny’s Christmas lights?So who will turn on Letterkenny’s Christmas lights?On Friday, November 28th, Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce and Shop LK will be lighting up Letterkenny for Christmas. There will be music, hot drinks, mulled wine, mince pies and that’s even before Santa arrives.And this year there is the added novelty that a well-known national personality has agreed to help get the town into the festive atmosphere. This year Mayor of the Letterkenny Municipal Authority Michael McBride is once again asking a young person from a local school to turn on the switch and we are delighted to announce that we also have a celebrity guest.The lucky winner of the School Art Competition “Christmas in Letterkenny” will join Councillor Michael McBride, and our mystery celebrity at the Market Square to turn on the lights.As well as helping to turn on the lights the winner and runner up will all receive a prize and there will be spot prizes available on the night.Councillor McBride remarked; “The turning on of the Christmas lights is a lovely family event and I look forward to turning them on with the competition winner. Judging by last year’s event there will be a great Christmas atmosphere on the night and I hope we manage to spread lots of Christmas cheer!” Last year’s event was a huge success in Letterkenny.From 5.30pm selected businesses around the town will be staying open a little later and giving out sweets, hot chocolate, mulled wine, and other Christmas treats. Some businesses will have stalls outside with goodies to keep you warm. The Letterkenny Senior Accordion Band will be playing at the Courthouse and at the band stand during the evening.The official switch on is at 7.00pm and shortly after that Santa will be arriving at the Market Square on Main Street.Gerard Grant President of the Chamber commented; “The turning on of the lights is a really magical event and we want to share the moment with as many Letterkenny people as possible. We hope to kick start the Christmas season with a wonderful night of Christmas cheer and goodwill.”The Letterkenny Chamber urges everyone to come down and share in the fun of a festive night. For more information check out the ShopLK website or the ShopLK Facebook page . MYSTERY CELEBRITY GUEST TO TURN ON LETTERKENNY’S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS was last modified: November 19th, 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:celebrityChristmas lightsLetterkenny Chamberlast_img read more

Mavericks Barbers: Does a fade haircut make hot weather easier to handle?

first_imgThis week the Mavericks Barbers answer a common question for men during the current heatwave:Is hair an insulator or what is it really for???While humans have developed clothing and other means of keeping warm, the hair found on the head serves primarily as a source of heat insulation as well as protection from ultra-violet radiation exposure and to soften impact on the hard bone of the skull. Therefore, if a man was to try and be more suited to this hot weather would it involve getting a very short haircut??? Every man who has already treated themselves to a nice sharp fade knows that the moment he steps out the door of the barbershop, he will feel a cool breeze on the back of his head. This sensation, which he hasn’t felt since the last time he was in his local barbershop, is the confirmation that he has just got a nice sharp haircut and he is back to looking his best!Mavericks BarbersIt is fair to say with a shorter haircut the body would be capturing less heat helping to keep the body temperature down!However, there is the obvious and serious side effect.  If you were to treat yourself to a fade, particularly anything shorter than a number 1 fade, then you are reducing your natural UV protector. It can be easy to forget to put sun block on the sides and back of your head if you have a short haircut.A few people has mentioned to me that the beard will have to go in this hot weather… These people obviously do not understand us bearded men. THE BEARD STAYS! IT doesn’t matter how hot it is, the beard stays. No facts, debates or benefits will change that for any real bearded man! Final note has to be congratulations to Declan and his team for bringing home the ninth Ulster title for Donegal. Declan has done a fantastic job on turning this team around. For me, what stands out is that the players look to be enjoying themselves, they look to be playing with pride and without fear. Congratulations to Declan for having the courage to doing such a simple thing, trusting that these great footballers actually have the ability to play football. Well done Donegal!!!Check us out on Facebook  ( and follow us on Instagram (maverickstraditionalbarbershop) or Twitter Mavericks Barbers: Does a fade haircut make hot weather easier to handle? was last modified: June 26th, 2018 by Mavericks BarbersShare 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:letterkenny barbersmavericks barbershopmen’s hairsummerlast_img read more

How To Cure Yourself of a Negative Mindset

first_imgTo cure yourself of a negative mindset, for the next 30 days, follow these rules.Turn off your television. Don’t watch any television at all. But especially don’t watch any news. Don’t even have the news on as background noise while you are working. YouTube is sometimes television. Turn that off too.Turn off your radio. Don’t listen to any news on the radio, and don’t even listen to something you believe to be innocuous, like CNBC. Listen to something positive and productive like an audio program instead.Don’t read the newspaper. Don’t read the news online either. Especially don’t read provocative news sites like the Drudge Report or Politico. Don’t allow anything negative to seep through over the web.Don’t read anything on social media. That sounds crazy, doesn’t it? This one is tough. But you know your Facebook feed is full of people on both side of every political, societal, and cultural issue. You know you are going to get baited and you are going to get hooked. You can still broadcast using some tool like Buffer. Just don’t consume anything.Stay away from negative friends, family, and co-workers. There are some people in your life that are completely and totally negative. They are carriers. They spread the disease that is a negative mindset. You are going to have to avoid them. Not forever. Just long enough that you build up an immunity to virus.Instead of doing anything listed above, do this:Read great works that build a positive psychology. Read Stephen Covey. Read Anthony Robbins. Read Brian Tracy. Read Zig Ziglar. Read Les Brown. Read Napoleon Hill. Read Earl Nightingale. Read Elbert Hubbard. Read James Allen.Listen to audio programs by the group of people listed above. Listen to positive psychology audio programs while you are working out in the morning. Listen while you are driving to and from work. Listen while you are in the shower, grocery shopping, or doing chores around the house.Write a single entry in a gratitude journal every day upon waking. You have a lot to be grateful for, even if you sometimes don’t remember this fact. If you are really going to be aggressive about ridding yourself of negativity and adopting a positive personal psychology, do this twice a day.Increase your awareness of the infected. Over this 30 days, notice the language and the ideas of the negative people you come in contact with. Pay attention to what they say, and try to discover the fear that lives behind their negative mindset. As you notice their negativity, you will become aware of the infections that you have picked up. You will also come to realize just how negative are your thoughts and beliefs.Every day, take one action that moves you closer to your dream, your real purpose. No matter how small you believe the action to be, take one small step towards your dream every day. Do it first thing in the morning if you can, but if not, hustle at night if you have to.I can tell you from experience this recipe works. It will rid you of your negativity. It will help rid you of many of your self-limiting beliefs. It will cure you of many of your fears, including some you didn’t realize that you had.last_img read more

‘Split may let Dow off the hook for Bhopal’

first_imgSurvivors and activists working with the victims of the 1984 Union Carbide gas accident in Bhopal have expressed dismay at the indifference of the State and central governments towards the imminent possibility of Dow Chemical, owner of Union Carbide, escaping criminal liability.The organisations noted on Saturday that Dow Chemical, owner of Union Carbide, after merging with another American multinational DuPont, has announced plans to split up in to three entities by June 2019. According to the victims of the gas tragedy, Union Carbide, which has evaded responsibility for the last 26 years, will cease to be criminally liable following the trifurcation. The organisations said they had written to the Prime Minister as well as various Ministries, asking them to take specific steps. The letters have not even been acknowledged. “We have sought the Prime Minister’s intervention in enlisting the support of U.S. agencies to ensure that Union Carbide and Dow Chemical abide by the orders of Indian courts. He is fully empowered by the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty between the two countries to do this but so far he has chosen not to use these powers.” said Rachna Dhingra of the Bhopal Group for Information and Action.last_img read more

Sports science boosts pencak silat team

first_imgRead Next Association head Princess Jacel Kiram said the 14 athletes who came here underwent “sportonomics,” which analyzed their endurance based on their blood specimen.“This is the first time we had it,” said Kiram whose charges ended a 12-year gold medal drought in the SEA Games after Dines Dumaan triumphed in the tanding Class A 45-50-kilograms Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutShe said the pencak silat team went to Thailand for two months’ training although the squad didn’t employ a foreign coach.Then, according to Kiram, the athletes had a 60-day “isolation camp” in Camp Canawan in Morong, Bataan. “They were not allowed to go home or see their families and spent the whole time training and bonding with each other,” said Kiram.Already, the Philippines won one gold and one bronze, with two more athletes vying for the top honors late Tuesday.Last SEA Games, the country could only come up with three bronzes.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UFC president would ‘rather not’ have Conor McGregor in boxing ring again Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Dines Dumaan of the Philippines after winning the gold medal in the men’s tanding putra class A 45-50 kg division of the 29th Southeast Asian Games pencak silat competition Tuesday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center in Kuala Lumpur. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR—An obscure Indonesian martial arts just made its contribution to the Philippines’ struggling campaign here Tuesday.And pencak silat has sports science to thank for it.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more