Four years after oil was struck, in quantities that now qualify the find as one of the largest worldwide for the decade, and is being pumped into a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel, the PNC coalition finally presented a third, and what they said was the final, draft of a Local Content Policy (LCP). The question is whether the country is receiving the commensurate benefits from its resources that will be depleted within a few decades.While there has been much-deserved attention focused on the revenues that will accrue to the country from the signing bonuses, the royalties and share of production from the International Oil Companies (IOCs) that were, and are being, hired as operators, the LCP is the second prong through which oil-producing countries can benefit from their resource. We can consider LCP as a coherent set of initiatives that promote inputs into the local economy from the O&G sector through the transfer of technology, the creation of local employment opportunities and increasing local ownership and control.Basically, a country can push local content by ensuring that the oil companies and the ones supporting their operations are hiring local Guyanese labour and procuring local goods and services. It is as simple as that. But the problem with only having a draft LCP at this stage is akin to not even locking the stable as the horse is escaping since the enforcement legislation might be lacking. Take the commonsensical-sounding need to hire local labour: the riposte by the operators is that Guyanese are not “qualified” for the very technical and specialised tasks demanded.At this point, while numbers of Guyanese hired are being bandied about, there has been no breakdown of what areas of competence or positions in those fields they are occupying. There have been anecdotal accusations that Guyanese are performing mostly basic unskilled tasks, and even these are not paid at the same rates as foreigners. So does the LCP draft require, for instance, that a certain percentage of Guyanese with the basic training in the particular field be hired and given the requisite training? It does not.Another mechanism that was used in other countries to increase local content benefits was to require foreign companies that desire to bid for contracts in the supply chain of the oil and gas industry (goods and services) to become part of local corporate bodies that have a specified percentage of local ownership. This would have increased the participation of local businesses and allowed them to absorb best practices in procedures and operations that would gradually spread into the local corporate culture and increase the competitiveness of the country overall. However, this has been specifically prohibited in the last LCP draft on the grounds that it is open to corruption.Properly designed LCPs have a menu of measures that can be used to incorporate local content, which include quotas on indigenisation, training programmes with local educational institutions, public education, incentives for small businesses, processing and production of derivative products etc. With our present legislation sorely lacking in these areas, we are left at the mercy of the subject minister to whom periodic LC reports are to be submitted from the operators hoping they will be beneficent. This is unlikely since they could easily source more qualified labour and required products from overseas. These reports are not required to be made public and are, therefore, susceptible to what is called “grand corruption”. There should be an independent body to certify LC compliance.Another problem with the draft LCP is that it is not integrated into the strategic development plan for the country (the Green Development Strategy). Meaning that identified skills for wider development, say in building infrastructure, could be prioritised so that Guyana could benefit from the externalities of skills and technologies.Lastly, the promised Local Content Compliance Unit to monitor the LCP and suggest modifications to the legislation over time is still not in place.
The National Association on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women, Girls and Children (NATPAH) has conducted a two-day capacity building workshop to enhance the protection of the rights of women and girls in the country.The two day training brought together 16 networking groups and held recently under the theme: “Enhancing the protection of the rights of women, girls and other discriminated groups in Liberia” at a local resort in Monrovia.Giving an overview of the event, Executive Director of NATPAH Mrs. Phyllis Nguma Kimba, asserted that the Swedish Project seeks to enhance the protection of the rights of women, girls and other discriminated groups in Liberia.She said the project’s total cost is put at US$3millon, and it is expected to run for 5 years, adding that it is being implemented in 4 counties including Montserrado, Gbapolu, Bong and Grand Gedeh County.“In five years, we will reach out to over 5,000 persons, including women, girls and children, as well as, most at risk populations in 45 communities in Montserrado, Grand Gedeh, Gbapolu and Bong Counties,” Mrs. Nguma-Kimba disclosed.She named the Liberian Women Empowerment Network (LIWEN), and Stop AIDS In Liberia (SAIL) as resource partners to the Sida interventions.Also speaking at the event, Ministry of Justice (MOJ) Human Rights Division focal person, Mr. Kutaka D. Togbah, reaffirmed the Ministry’s commitment to protecting the rights of every individual within the borders of Liberia, regardless of their religion, culture and ethnicity.“We will protect the rights of every person in Liberia because it is fundamental to human existence,” Mr. Togbah said. The gathering was jointly organized by two distinct organizations working with women and girls and supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), through Actionaid Liberia. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,The Guyana Press Association’s statement on 11th March 2019 accused the General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Leader of the Opposition and former President of Guyana, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, of a direct attack and threat to the lives and livelihoods of members of the Association’s professional journalists and media houses. This grave threat is described by the GPA as, “…he quipped that the question posed by journalist Nazima Raghubir was ‘stupid’.”The use of the word ‘quipped’ to describe an attack or threat is novel. Deliberate misinterpretation of a quip is not, however; so an examination of the press conference on 7th March 2019 is instructive.In relation to the SARA offer to settle the issue of his home at Pradoville, Jagdeo said, “It is a political thing…I will not pay a cent more”. Ms. Raghubir then asked, “You said you rejected it, but on what basis?” Jagdeo replied, “…what kind of stupid question is that? …because you have to use deductive reasoning if it’s a political thing…”Ms Raghubir, President of the GPA, was vociferous in her response, and was at no time cowed in the exchange. She spiritedly replied, “I get impatient with stupid statements”. This was in reply to a former President of Guyana.Having found common ground on this issue, the press conference continued with both parties asking and answering questions in good humour. Ms. Raghubir did not leave the press conference.It is difficult to discern an attack or threat from either tone or posture displayed by the Leader of the Opposition during this exchange, (complete video of which is available via the PPPC Facebook page).The GPA should be in praise of the unprecedented access, via weekly press conferences, to the Leader of the Opposition, which allows unfettered access to Jagdeo without constraint of time or a moderator. The PPP has a long track record of championing freedom of the press, and has fought its own struggles during previous PNC regimes to ensure the public always has access to the media, and that the media is free and fair.While the GPA may indeed see questioning of deductive reasoning capabilities as a threat to many media houses, the biggest dangers to the lives and livelihoods of media practitioners and media houses are not quips and/or testy exchanges at press conferences. The threat comes from the media’s abandonment of the universal journalistic code of ethics.For enlightenment of those who entered the profession without formal training, there are four core principles: Seek Truth and Report it; Minimize Harm; Act Independently, and Be Accountable and Transparent.An examination of the work of some members of the GPA shows a pattern of fabrication, lack of regard for the public good, bias and partisanship. A few examples presented here should be sufficient evidence of the need of the GPA members to take a more professional approach to their job.On the 24th August 2018, Newsroom reported that the Opposition Leader hoped “that these shelters are just to assist the refugees temporarily, with a vision of having them deported.”However, Mr Jagdeo did not use the word ‘deported’, but said ‘repatriated.’ The article has since been amended.Newsroom was again the perpetrator of fake news on two occasions when they claimed, on 4th October 2018, that the PPP/C had “pulled out of Wakenaam local government elections”, and on 8th September 2018, “Jagdeo supports repossession of Providence lands”.The Guyana Chronicle, on any given day, will carry so many fabrications that it has become a futile exercise to keep up.The GPA should work assiduously to self-police its members and curb the manufacture and dissemination of ‘fake news’. At stake is the credibility of the media.For instance, there are unproven accusations that have been repeated ad nauseam: 400 Black youths killed by PPP and $28B stolen by PPP. These have never been the subject of credible, independent investigation — a continuing blemish on the local journalistic fraternity.The GPA Executive as constituted currently is an extension of the Ministry of the Presidency staffers employed at the Guyana Chronicle. This attempt to manufacture a threat from a good-natured exchange is transparent in its motivation and puerile in its execution. I would therefore advise the GPA Executive to spend some time in reflection on the harmful impact of this dishonest action on our country. I suggest they begin with Matthew 7:5, “Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”Yours truly,Nigel Dharamlall, MP
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insisted “there is no racism in football” after apparently rejecting calls for the introduction of the Rooney Rule in English football.PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor claimed on Thursday ‘there is a hidden racism which holds clubs back’ with the appointment of black and ethnic minority managers.Only two out of 92 clubs in English football’s top four divisions employ a black manager after Chris Powell took charge of Huddersfield and Keith Curle joined Carlisle last month and Taylor this week called for English football to adopt the Rooney Rule.The Rooney Rule is used in the NFL to ensure ethnic minority candidates are adequately represented in the interview process for head coaching positions.When asked if he felt football was doing enough to bring in black managers and whether he felt a quota should happen, Mourinho said: “There is no racism in football.“If you are good, you are good. If you are good, you get the job.“If you are good, you prove that you deserve the job.“Football is not stupid to close the doors to top people.“If you are top, you are top,” added the Portuguese, speaking at his weekly press conference ahead of Sunday’s match with Arsenal.Football’s anti-discrimination group Kick It Out would not respond specifically to Mourinho’s comments, but called on the Premier League and FA to state their position on the Rooney Rule.A statement issued on Friday night read: “Kick It Out was invited to 10 Downing Street by the Prime Minister for an anti-discrimination summit with football’s leaders and a number of former players in February 2012.“A clear pledge was made at this meeting to tackle the lack of diversity when it comes to positions off-the-field. What steps have we seen taken by those in power to address this under-representation following this?“The implementation of the Rooney Rule has been talked about at different times since then in relation to management and coaching jobs, and there does not appear to be any serious action or other initiative which may lead to an equitable outcome.“Gordon Taylor speaks about a ‘hidden resistance’ within the game and his members are asking questions about where football stands. We hear the Football League has failed to raise the issue at its own AGM but where are the Premier League and The Football Association on this matter?” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Despite our decades-old loathing of the Denver Broncos, we have been disappointed in their success enough times to realize that they’ll beat our beloved Steelers, and big: 35-13. Then, a team that we actually like, the Seattle Seahawks, will outscore the Carolina Panthers, who we’ve never even heard of (what, they ran out of cities and states and now they’re naming teams after girls?) by the score of 24-12. Now, we call on our friends at CalTech in Pasadena to do the sophisticated number-crunching. Add up all those scores (35, 13, 24 and 12) and you have a tie-breaking solution of 84 points. And if there’s still a tie? We’ll invoke the old reliable pull-the-winner-out-of-the-hat trick. And, as usual, the decision of the judges is final. So, simply do all that, using the convenient cut-outable coupon inside today’s Sports section, and mail it right now to: Football Picks, 604 Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90844, or drop it off at the Press-Telegram lobby at the same address. Either way, we need your picks by 5 p.m. Friday. The person who picks the winning teams and is closest to the overall aggregate score will win a $250 gift card at Ralphs, which will buy an awful lot of pork rinds and hop-based refreshments, or just about anything else you need, grocery-wise, to enjoy the big game on Feb. 5. Your first task is to select the winners of the AFC and NFC conference championship games being played Sunday. The AFC’s Denver Broncos host the Pittsburgh Steelers, while the NFC has the Carolina Panthers jetting up to get beat by the Seattle Seahawks. That’s the easy part, picking the winner. Step 2, the tiebreaker (and there’ll be a mess of ties) requires math: You need to predict the total points scored in both games. Here’s how … We’ll give you an example, using our own, and very likely spot-on, predictions. Throughout the NFL’s recently concluded regular season, the Press-Telegram’s panel of pigskin experts (and “experts” isn’t a term we toss about haphazardly) went head-to-head with P-T readers in forecasting the NFL games every week. And just as regularly, the Press-Telegram’s panel of pigskin experts got its collective head handed to it by the more savvy P-T readers. Now, with the conference championship games upon us, you get another shot at embarrassing our pool of prognosticators and score a Super Bowl party shopping spree at Ralphs in the process. And watch this space, because we’ll be throwing one last not-gambling-but-gambling-style contest for Super Bowl XL, with the winner bagging a new (color!) TV, which’ll come in handy for basketball season. Wait, there’s more! While we have you here, we should probably explain how we managed to do so badly in our regular-season NFL forecasting. We’re not sure how, precisely, badly we did, because we couldn’t bear to watch after a while, but we know that, at least, we lost to a lady and a Canadian, which is utterly mortifying. We take zero solace in the fact that we beat The Shadow, who couldn’t pick his sister out of a camp full of hobos. We also clobbered the Coin Flip, which ployed a system so bizarre that it bordered on public drunkenness. And gambling (in a non-gambling game) against Tom Hennessy, you never know whether you’re playing against him or his wife or a cat. Whatever it was, we think it beat us. The overall winner, the Canadian, is the P-T publisher who, for what should be obvious reasons, we let win. We would’ve felt horrible beating a man with such style, grace and intelligence as Mark Stevens. It would’ve been like punching David Niven in the throat. We’re not going to be so gracious in this postseason play. Despite that pesky fine-point, pulled-out-of-the-mothballs rule about employees and their families being ineligible to win the Ralphs prize, we still have our pride, and you can’t put a price tag on that. You can, however, make a side bet on it. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
LANCASTER – City Council members are expected to vote next week on increasing a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a sniper who fired at least a dozen shots Jan. 5 at three sheriff’s deputies. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors already has authorized a $10,000 reward, and the City Council is being asked to add $5,000 more. “We’re looking for a little more help,” Capt. Carl Deeley, commander of the Lancaster sheriff’s station, said Tuesday. The three sheriff’s deputies were not hurt but had to take cover behind cars at the Lancaster Mazda auto dealership on 10th Street West, where they had gone to investigate an earlier shot fired into a dealership showroom window. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Authorities believe the earlier shot had been intended to lure deputies to the dealership to be targeted for sniping. The shots were fired from about 225 yards away. Deputies said they found spent shell casings near a wall around an apartment complex on Gadsden Avenue. The sniper or snipers had fired across a field and the dry Amargosa Creek at the deputies in the car lot. Deputies searched two apartments to which bloodhounds led them the morning after the shooting, but no suspects were found. Deputies shot tear gas into one of the two apartments when they heard noise inside, but nobody answered the door. The noise proved to be from a television set that had been left on, deputies said. When an occupant returned, they arrested him on suspicion of possessing marijuana for sale. Deputies said they found marijuana in the apartment. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
REVEALED MONEY BEST OF RANKED Newcastle midfielder Isaac Hayden has backed club-record signing Miguel Almiron to be a success on Tynside.Almiron, a £20million capture from MLS club Atlanta United, made his debut in their 1-1 draw with Wolves on Monday. Isaac Hayden opened the scoring on Monday 2 The attacking midfielder came on for the remaining 19 minutes at Molineux and looked lively.Midfielder Hayden, whose opener was cancelled out by Wolves defender Willy Boly in the 95th minute, is excited by Almiron’s arrival.He said: “He has been top drawer, especially coming from a foreign country and the MLS, which is a completely different level.“Even coming on, he was a bit of a livewire showing what he can do. He got tackled quite hard and when he got up I said, ‘Welcome to English football!’ but he was smiling. Miguel Almiron is a Paraguay international huge blow Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE no dice REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade “You can see in his eyes he is really enjoying it and all the experiences. He will get better and better and I think he will be a great asset to Newcastle.“I had seen a few clips of him on YouTube, so we kind of had an inkling of what he was about. But it is a credit to him he was sticking himself out, digging deep, tracking back and tackling.“If he can do that as well as what he does going forward then he is going to be fitting in right away.“We haven’t really got players who can make the difference by themselves, we are more of a team who works hard and sticks to the game plan and helps each other out and sticks together. 2 REPLY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS shining “But maybe with a player who is more of a dribbler, who has that extra bit of pace or whatever, he can make the difference.“Playing off Salomon Rondon up front as well makes a massive difference. The players can get around him and cause damage.”Almiron, 25, will need to hit the ground running with Newcastle just one point above the relegation zone.The Paraguay international scored 13 goals and registered 11 assists in the MLS last season – and the Magpies are hoping he can bring that form to England. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card
Bafetimbi Gomis won the Super Lig with Galatasaray last season huge blow Bafetimbi Gomis is out there scaring kids with his panther celebration 😂 pic.twitter.com/EcJ3eBIYbR— Juan Velazquez (@JuanDirection58) February 22, 2019 And Gomis celebrated in trademark style by getting on his hands and knees and clawing like a cat.But his celebration was too much for the ball boy, who left his seat and ran off in fear. RANKED Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? no dice shining Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED Gomis’ celebration was on show during his three-year spell at Swansea, where he scored 17 goals in 71 appearances.The Frenchman showed his class, though, by finding the young boy and handing him his shirt as an apology.Gomis helped Galatasaray win the Super Lig last season before moving to Al-Hilal ahead of the 2018/19 campaign. MONEY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED BEST OF Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury ADVICE Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REPLY Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 1 A ball boy ran away in fear after watching former Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis’ goal celebration on Thursday night.The 33-year-old scored Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal’s opener in a 2-0 win over Al Ittihad. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade
SAinfo reporter “ASP Africa is both honored and proud to be associated with an event like the Mr Price Pro Ballito,” ASP Africa operations manager Colin Fitch said. Since its move from Durban, the R1.9-million ASP Prime event has grown from strength to strength at its Ballito home about 40 kilometres north of Durban, and proved a popular venue with both surfers and spectators thanks to the unprecedented surf enjoyed during the event’s window over the past three years. Leading the local field are elite ASP World Tour campaigners Jordy Smith, the 2010 Mr Price Pro Ballito Champion, and Travis Logie, who finished runner-up to Australian Chris Davidson in the 2009 edition of the event. With a number of refinements to the ASP Prime Tour in 2012, the event could prove critical for surfers hoping to cement their place among the world’s top 34 surfers in 2013. ASP Tour veteran and multiple national champion Greg Emslie from East London leads the way for the six wildcard entries yet to be announced. ‘Perfect surf’“Based on the fact that we had more than seven days of perfect surf that was never under three metres in 2011, I am convinced that we will see many more of the world’s top surfers fighting for a place in this year’s 96 man field.” ‘Flawless’Defending champion, Californinan Patrick Gudauskas, shared similar sentiments after his victory last year. “This is definitely the best event I’ve ever competed in,” he said, “and maybe the best one I’ve ever watched. It has been flawless for a whole week and we’re all psyched to be surfing in Ballito.” 2011 ASP World Tour rookie and Mr Price Pro Ballito runner-up John John Florence secured the first official entry. The Hawaiian standout performer is hoping he can return home with the spoils in 2012 after his barrel riding ability resulted in a number of perfect scores last year. 22 February 2012 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Scheduled at the season’s critical halfway mark, the increase in available equal ninth-place finishes (from four to eight), as well as ratings points (1 034 to 1 300 for an equal 17th and 3 120 to 3 320 for equal fifth), will give surfers more opportunity to climb the ASP One World rankings ladder. The Mr Price Pro Ballito will host the world’s finest surfers in the wave-rich South African holiday town through 2014, thanks to a three-year deal inked between KwaDukuza municipality and world surfing’s governing body, ASP International. The top 96 surfers in the worldFeaturing only the top 96 surfers in the world, South African competitors must be rated within the top 96 in order to earn their place in the prestigious event. “I really enjoyed the waves in Ballito,” Florence said. “They’re a lot like the barrels at Backdoor (the Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii). It’s big and round and maybe a little bit faster and longer, but I felt really comfortable in that kind of surf, so I’m really looking forward to surfing in Ballito again.”
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market It’s getting amazinglyeasy for authors to publish their own books, and Amazon, Apple and Google are all working on ways to let authors expand the idea of the e-book itself. Amazon is poised for a big Kindle push in Brazil. There’s no question that the future of the book business is in the hands of these tech companies, not the publishers who can’t keep up.See also: Books Continue to Evolve – Check Out E.O. Wilson’s ‘Life on Earth’ iBookUPDATE 7:44 p.m.: RWW tipster Porter Anderson just passed along the news that Google has changed its mind and will now reinstate its independent affiliate publishers:From Publishers Weekly:“After notifying some independent bookseller Google eBook affiliates late last week that they will be removed from the program as of March 15 and their links deactivated, Google is now working to reinstate all indie affiliates. A Google spokesperson told PW that the company expects to add back those affected soon. She suggests that booksellers who sent e-mails but haven’t heard back yet recontact Google.”Once we figure out why Google changed its tune, we’ll let you know.Do you read e-books? Which store(s) and device(s) do you use? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting All is not well in the e-book market. Amazon and Google have each scaled back some e-book programs in the past week because business was weaker than expected. Both e-book sellers are having trouble doing business with publishers.Amazon has pulled more than 4,000 books from its e-shelves after publishers wouldn’t budge for lower prices. Google is cutting off partners in its e-book affiliates program because sales referrals are too low to be worthwhile.What’s going on here? E-book sales passed print in all trade categories last year, and e-book library lending is huge, but print still brings in more revenue for publishers. The problem is that consumers expect e-books to be cheaper, so publishers can’t charge as much for them as they might like. In other words, it’s a problem of business models, not of demand.Meanwhile, Amazon’s profits are sagging, and Google Books trails far behind in terms of sales. They’re both getting tired of the middlemen, i.e. the publishers., and the squeeze they put on e-book sales.Amazon is not shy about its efforts to get authors comfortable with self-publishing of e-books. Meanwhile, when publishing houses can’t meet its price expectations, Amazon pulls the plug on their books. Google’s affiliate program for e-books gave partners a better deal than Amazon’s affiliate links, but it’s cutting off the partners who can’t perform.The author and the reader are hamstrung by the presence of not just one but two middlemen. Something’s got to give.Inevitably, it will. It will be the publishers. Tags:#Amazon#E-Books#Google#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jon mitchell