MoUs should be shared with public – former Minister

first_imgAmid some public outcry and concerns raised to have Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Government of Guyana and other countries released to the general public, former Foreign Trade Minister, Dr Henry Jeffrey feels the Government should do so.Dr Jeffrey feels there is nothing secretive in MoUs that cannot be shared, especially since it is not a legally binding document and does not tie one Government to the other to deliver on any specific area, unless a contract is signed.“On the other hand, you could have MoUs that are narrow and those that are broad to deal with a general context of Guyana and to deal with any specific issue. But why shouldn’t they be made public? I don’t see them as any kind of documentation that could not be,” he stated during an interview with <<<>>>> on Wednesday.The former Minister advised that Government consult with stakeholders to determine whether or not there is anything that they may want to include. He said this may help in a large way to put some of the concerns they may have, to rest. Most importantly though, he said it allows for information sharing between Government and the citizenry.Only recently, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had called for Government to release the oil MoU signed between Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago.Concerns in this regard were also raised by the local Private Sector, particularly the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) where it said individuals and business people here are fearful that the MoUs will give foreigners a greater advantage.In fact, before the signing of the energy-related MoU with neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), President of GCCI, Deodat Indar called for Government to show constraint where the oil industry is concerned and also made the call for the signing to be placed on hold, while assessing the impact such a move would have on local businesses.The GCCI head claimed Guyanese businesses are already being sidestepped, and instead contracts have been awarded to foreign-based companies to benefit from the local oil sector. The Chamber was mainly concerned with the Guyana Government selling out opportunities to foreigners as opposed to locals.Jeffrey said, “Let’s understand this clearly. Every country has to look after its interest but a MoU can’t sell you out, it’s for the Government of Guyana to make it public and involve people in it construction so that they may bring different points of view on the issues. But I don’t believe a MoU will sell anybody out. I think the issue lies in the fact that Guyanese were not treated well by Guyana.”In July, Guyana and China signed a MoU on cooperation within the framework of Beijing’s global “Belt and Road Initiative,” which represents yet another milestone in Guyana-China relations. The accord is expected to enhance cooperation in five main areas; namely policy coordination, facilities connectivity, trade and investment, financial integration, and people-to-people interaction. Public infrastructure is also expected to be a major focus under this agreement.At the completion of the signing, there were also calls for that MoU to be released. While the Government released the MoU signed with T&T, Minister of State Joseph Harmon said the issue will be first discussed at Cabinet before a decision is made.And in an effort to boost local capacity in the oil and gas sector, the Governments of Guyana and Canada’s Newfoundland will also sign a MoU this month.Canadian High Commissioner to Guyana, Lillian Chatterjee says the Natural Resources Minister from the Canadian Province of Newfoundland will be visiting Guyana tomorrow to ink the agreement.The Canadian envoy said the MoU will last for three years and will allow Guyana the opportunity of learning how Newfoundland managed to utilise that sector to improve its economy.Canada has the third largest oil reserves, is the fifth largest oil producer and fourth largest oil exporter in the world.last_img read more

BREAKING: Chief Magistrate dismisses charges against GECOM Chair, Govt Commissioners

first_imgChief Magistrate Ann McLennan this morning dismissed private criminal charges filed against Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission, Justice James Patterson and the three Government Commissioners: Vincent Alexander, Desmond Trotman and Charles Gobin.The charges which were brought by Marcel Gaskin, brother of Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, were filed against the men for breaching the Constitution of Guyana, by not following Article 106 which stipulates that elections are to be held within three months of the passage of a no-confidence motion.The Chief Magistrate, in her ruling, said the charge has no purpose and appears to be frivolous.See more details in the Saturday, March 16, 2019 edition of the Guyana Times.FROM LEFT: Government nominated Commissioners Desmond Trotman, Vincent Alexander and Charles Corbinlast_img read more

Wet road blamed for wrecks

first_imgPASADENA – A series of big rig truck crashes during recent rainstorms on a transition road along the westbound Foothill (210) Freeway in Pasadena may eventually lead to highway improvements, officials said. “When it rains, we just wait for a crash to happen there,” said California Highway Patrol spokesman Todd Workman after an accident early last week. “The drivers just don’t realize they have to slow down on that curve when the road is wet.” At least three accidents attributed to slippery road conditions have occurred on the curved stretch of the westbound Foothill Freeway after it turns north away from the multilane junction to the Ventura (134) Freeway since December, according to CHP officials. Another accident occurred during rain in the opposite direction on the same junction, they said. Caltrans requires a Public Records Act Request for the specific number of accidents on the stretch due to the information’s “sensitive nature.” But the organization constantly monitors freeways and highways through its traffic accident surveillance and analysis system, or TASAS, and works to improve hazardous areas, she said. “If there are numerous accidents in a certain area it triggers an investigation, which could lead to increased signage, lighting, striping or other improvements,” Caltrans spokeswoman Maria Raptis said. mary.gurton@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Most recently, a semi-truck jackknifed and overturned around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday in a single-vehicle, non-injury accident that blocked traffic for at least two hours, Workman said. “Putting up signs that say `slow down in the rain’ just doesn’t work,” Workman said. “It’s been that way for years. Fortunately, there weren’t any other injuries \.” Another non-injury crash occurred at 2:26 a.m. Feb. 18 involving a big rig and four cars on the same transition road, CHP Sgt. Kurt Stormes said. Two accidents on the same interchange also involving big rigs occurred on another rainy night in early January, according to Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian. It was unclear whether the number of accidents was unusually high or typical for the transition road. last_img

Lampard in line for Stamford Bridge return as Man City hint at loan extension

first_imgManuel Pellegrini has suggested Manchester City will extend Frank Lampard’s loan spell, paving the way for the midfielder to make an emotional return to Stamford Bridge.Lampard signed a two-year contract with New York City, owned jointly by City and the New York Yankees, after leaving Chelsea in the summer.With New York City not starting their debut season in MLS until March 2015, the 36-year-old joined the Premier League champions on a short-term loan.That deal was due to expire on January 1 but, after he scored a dramatic late equaliser against his former club Chelsea on Sunday, the ex-England star could now remain with Pellegrini’s squad for a further month.That opens up the possibility of Lampard playing at his old stomping ground, Stamford Bridge, with City due to make the trip to Chelsea on January 31.That would be a highly emotional occasion for Lampard, who admitted to mixed feelings after scoring against the London club, where he spent 13 years and is their all-time top goalscorer.Pellegrini told a news conference on Tuesday: “Frank will stay until January because until January he doesn’t have anything to do in the United States because they are not working. In January, we will see what happens here and make a decision. It is not a problem in this moment.” 1 Frank Lampard last_img read more

Video: Unbelievable futsal goal!

first_imgNicholas Kanivets scored this brilliant goal during a futsal game. Take a bow, son!last_img

HURRICANE KATIA: MET EIREANN ISSUES WEATHER WARNING

first_imgTHE following warnings have just been issued by Met Eireann:WarningsWeather Warning Issued at 11 September 2011 – 07:21Weather WarningLater Sunday night and continuing through Monday, southwest winds will increase to mean speeds of 50 to 80km/h, with gusts ranging 90 to 130 km/h. The most sustained and severe winds are expected across Connaught and Ulster.Exceptionaliy high seas along the western seaboard, in conjunction with high spring tides, may cause coastal flooding in prone locations during Monday also.Valid to: 2400 12/9/2011Gale WarningSoutherly winds will reach gale force this evening on all irish coasts and on the Irish Sea. Winds will veer southwest tonight and increase strong gale force to storm force on irish coasts from Valentia to Erris Head to Fair Head.Issued at 09:00 on 11-Sep-2011 Blight WarningWeather conditions conducive to the spread of potato blight will occur at times over the next few days.Issued at 14:00 on 9-Sep-2011HURRICANE KATIA: MET EIREANN ISSUES WEATHER WARNING was last modified: September 11th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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 weatherdonegaldaily weatherhurricane katialast_img read more

It’s time for Hodgson to honour his Shepherd’s Bush roots

first_imgGentlemen of a certain persuasion will pay an arm and a leg to be humiliated at a club up West. Which means the £55 I spent watching my team taken to the cleaners at Stamford Bridge last Sunday was actually a bit of a bargain.QPR were one down in the time it took the board to revolve in Bullseye, while Chelsea were simply super, smashing, great.During the painful post-match inquest, more than one fan accused Rangers of not turning up.“I haven’t been this anti-Bolton since their mulleted namesake invaded the UK charts in the late 80s.”They were there all right. In fact I could see them particularly clearly as none of them appeared to be moving.While Chelsea – supposedly hungover from their Champions League success – flitted across the sodden surface like a ballet troupe, Mark Hughes’ side had all the grace of a tranquilised bear as they stumbled around, bereft of ideas, minging in the rain.My preparation, on the other hand, couldn’t have gone any better, having remembered to bring the ‘lucky’ penny, badge and t-shirt, while my mate continued his pre-match ritual of getting a McDonald’s but not a programme (well it worked for the home games).As soon as I saw the team-sheets, I feared the worst.While Chelsea’s ‘B team’ contained a £50m striker, QPR – shorn of the talents of Adel Taarabt and Samba Diakite – couldn’t have had a worse Plan B if they’d stuck the singer of the same name on the wing.The one-sided contest meant the Anton Ferdinand-John Terry saga which had dominated the build-up was reduced to a sideshow – although the booing of the QPR defender by the home crowd (and it wasn’t just a minority) left a nasty taste in the mouth.The visiting support responded with a few anti-Terry chants – although a rendition of Elvis Costello’s I Don’t Want To Go To Chelsea would have been more appropriate.The one ditty that drew titters from home and away fans alike was the rather cruel “Christine Bleakley, she looks like a horse!”In that case I’m a fully paid-up member of the equine appreciation society.Torres ran riot against Rangers.Goal difference as well as pride took a battering at the Bridge, putting Rangers’ rivals in pole position to beat the dreaded drop.In the meantime it’s back to anxiously checking fixtures and latest scores to see if there’s any way that we can get out of this mess, while openly supporting rivals who we’d never normally give the time of day.“Come on you Spurs” was the choice of song on Wednesday, while on Thursday I’d have happily put a cross next to Emmanuel Adebayor’s name had he been listed as one of the candidates for London Mayor.On Friday…actually, this is beginning to sound like a Craig David song so we’ll jump straight to Sunday’s crucial penultimate fixtures, where QPR fans will loath Stoke like they’ve never loathed them before, yet when the Potters host Bolton a week later, they’ll suddenly be our favourite team.I’ve got nothing against our relegation rivals but I haven’t been this anti-Bolton since their mulleted namesake invaded the UK charts in the late 80s.QPR conspiracy theorists can add the FA’s decision to appoint Roy Hodgson England boss five days before Owen Coyle’s side host West Brom to the list.But I reckon Roy will want to do Rangers a favour given his Shepherd’s Bush roots. He’s got fond memories of having a barney with the old man before feeding Hercules a sugar lump and loading up the rag and bone cart.Hodgson’s former club Fulham certainly have no worries about relegation, instead setting their sights set on finishing above Liverpool, after winning at Anfield for the first time ever in midweek.But we’ll leave the last word to Brentford, who were decidedly unlucky to lose to promotion favourites Sheffield Wednesday last weekend.To make matters worse it was hammering down with rain (just for a change) but none of that bothered ‘Newbee’ on the Griffin Park Grapevine forum,He wrote: “I saw a female Wednesday fan walking back to her coach, dressed in a police uniform, boots, mini skirt, stockings and baton.“I didn’t see what she was like from the front but it helped take my mind off the result and the rain on the way back to the car. It was the longest it’s ever taken me to get to the car from a game!”Follow Chris on TwitterClick here for our Chelsea v Liverpool quizlast_img read more

Amazing Cures from Adult Stem Cells

first_imgRegrowing organs and other miracle cures may be coming to a hospital near you, thanks to progress with adult stem cells.Three blind mice see again:  The BBC News reported on advances in treating blindness with stem cells.  In studies described as a “significant breakthrough” and “huge leap forward,” lab work with mouse embryo cells showed that stem cells can repair retina damage, actually regrowing the rods and cones (see beautiful picture of them in the article).  Even though the work was done with mouse embryonic stem cells, coverage on Medical Xpressmade it clear that harvesting embryos is not necessary:The goal is to test therapy for AMD using so-called induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS.These are adult cells that have been reprogrammed to return to their infant, versatile state. Provided that they are proven safe, they can provide a non-controversial alternative to stem cells culled from early-stage embryos.Grow a liver from skin:  A team in Japan (birthplace of the induced pluripotent stem cell or iPSC technique) has succeeded in growing functional liver tissue, blood vessels and all, from iPSCs.  Publishing in Nature, the team said, “To our knowledge, this is the first report demonstrating the generation of a functional human organ from pluripotent stem cells.”  With organ donors perennially in short supply, this could be revolutionary news for those in need of transplants: the ability to grow another organ from one’s own cells.  “Although efforts must ensue to translate these techniques to treatments for patients, this proof-of-concept demonstration of organ-bud transplantation provides a promising new approach to study regenerative medicine.”Heart and lung:  Scientists in Pennsylvania are seeking to understand how cardiopulmonary progenitor cells, a kind of stem cell lining the lungs and blood vessels, are capable of regenerating damaged tissues.  These cells appear to guide the development of both tissues in the embryo.  “Future studies will focus on whether CPPs exist in the adult cardiopulmonary system and whether they play a role in the response of the lung and heart to injury or disease,” the article on Medical Xpress said.  It’s not clear, though, what these comments about evolution had to do with the story, which was focused on human health:The evolution of adaptations for life on land have long puzzled biologists – are feathers descendents of dinosaur scales, how did arms and legs evolve from fins, and from what ancient fish organ did the lung evolve?Biologists have known that the co-development of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems is a recent evolutionary adaption to life outside of water, coupling the function of the heart with the gas exchange function of the lung. And, the lung is one of the most recent organs to have evolved in mammals and is arguably the most vital for terrestrial life.Stem cell liver injections:  Another team mentioned on PhysOrg has grown functional hepatocytes (liver cells), injected them into mice, and watched them take on function, extending the lives of mice afflicted with liver disease.  Not only that, they’ve developed a bioreactor that can generate stem cells in quantities that would be useful for clinical applications .  “This promising advance in the development of cell-based therapies to treat liver failure resulting from injury or disease relied on the development of scalable, reproducible methods to produce stem cell-derived hepatocytes in bioreactors,” the article states.Paradigm shift:  Incidentally, science popularizers may have to drop the assumption that every cell in your body has a copy of “your” genome.  Science Magazine reported the following:With recent advances in genome-wide assays, it is becoming increasingly apparent that a human individual is made up of a population of cells, each with its own “personal” genome. Thus, mosaicism is perhaps much more common within multicellular organisms than our limited genomic assays have detected thus far, and may represent the rule rather than the exception.These differences in genomes appear in embryonic stem cells and iPS cells.  Why would this be?  It’s not just about mutations leading to sickness.  The article surmised, “the extent of somatic mosaicism that is now being reported in a variety of healthy tissues and cell types suggests that it also has physiological functions,” including possible roles in the immune system and in normal brain function.  This is a new area ripe for investigation.Aside from the Darwinist reporter trying to insert evolution where it doesn’t belong, these are great news stories offering hope to millions of people.  (Darwinism has its place, but its place is in the dustbin of discarded myths.)  Did you notice that the Darwinist provided no evidence for any of the claims, but instead listed three major puzzles they still haven’t figured out?  How much more time do we give these guys?Stem cell research is intelligent design research.  Scientists are using their intelligence to understand the intelligence built into stem cells that allow them to turn into any kind of tissue.  Evolution has nothing to do with it.  The whole process of development is so amazing, it transcends anything we know.  If we can get these pluripotent cells from adult cells, why on earth continue to pursue embryonic stem cells?  Go ahead and play with mouse embryos; mice are intelligently designed, but not made in God’s image like man is.  When alternatives exist, go for the non-controversial alternative.  Your Editor has liver damage from cancer.  He would love to get a new liver grown from his own skin cells, without having to take the life of an unborn human being.  Pray these treatments will advance quickly and help all those who need it in time.  For those without current health issues, thank God for the health you have and use it for good while you can. 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Fujitsu Siemens in BEE ‘first’

first_img20 June 2008Fujitsu Siemens Computers has sold a stake of 25% plus one share in its South African operations to black economic empowerment group the Thuthukani Investment Consortium, for an undisclosed sum.The consortium consists of Thuthukani Information Technology (IT) Services, Amava Holdings and an additional broad-based black economic empowerment trust.In a statement this week, Fujitsu Siemens states that the transaction is unique in nature, as it is the first multinational computer maker to have sold equity in its local operation to an empowerment group – with the consortium being set up as a special purpose vehicle to facilitate the deal.Other multinationals have opted for an alternative route, allowed for under South Africa’s empowerment legislation.According to a Business Day article on the deal this week, “equity equivalents” are an instrument whereby multinationals can calculate the value of 25% of their local operations and invest that sum into schemes such as training and social responsibility initiatives.Fujitsu Siemens Computers South Africa MD Idris Suleman said that the empowerment transaction began when his predecessor convinced the board of directors of the need to engage with an empowerment grouping, about two-and-a-half years ago.Meaningful contribution“The board gave its approval, but tasked us with finding the right partner, one who would grow with us,” said Suleman. “In addition, the board required that we do not engage in any form of ‘window-dressing’, but that we conclude a deal that will be meaningful for the company and the broader socio-political environment of the country.”Fujitsu Siemens Computers South Africa appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance as their lead adviser, ensuring a strict adherence to governance principles and to give a level of comfort and independence to the board of the holding company.Fujitsu Siemens president and CEO Bernd Bischoff pointed out that the South African and African markets were extremely important to the company’s overall business strategy, and it therefore had a responsibility to have a positive influence on every aspect of the business environments in which it operates.“Through engaging in a transaction of this nature, I believe that we are making a positive contribution to South African society, particularly as this ensures that the fruits of our endeavours will be shared across a broader base of the economic spectrum,” he said.Seeking entrepreneursAfter meeting with and reviewing several potential suitors, and conducting thorough due diligence exercises on all prospects, PricewaterhouseCoopers introduced the Thuthukani Investment Consortium, with the belief that they offered the best prospects in terms of cultural and value alignment.According to Fujitsu Siemens, the company felt that the strong-entrepreneurial nature of the members of the consortium and the direct involvement of the principals in the companies, matched its own style and approach to business.“We were presented with a unique opportunity to invest,” said Thuthukani IT Services MD Fannie Mahlangu, who has since been appointed to the board of directors of Fujitsu Siemens Computers South Africa.“What we found appealing about Fujitsu Siemens Computers, was that the company has tremendous potential for growth and is complementary to our business. Additionally, there was a strong cultural and philosophical match between us,” he said.Amava Holdings CEO Puven Ramasamy pointed out that Fujitsu Siemens Computers, with its portfolio of hardware and services would complement several of the company’s previous investments.“With this transaction, we continue to emphasis our focus on the IT sector,” he said.Not the usual suspectsSuleman pointed out that Fujitsu Siemens Computers South Africa was adamant in not wishing to take on “the usual suspects” in its empowerment transaction, stating that it was critical for the company to find a partner whose values were in alignment with their own, and had a hunger to take the business to new heights.“In the Thuthukani Investment Consortium, we have found a group of emerging entrepreneurs who epitomise all that is good about empowerment,” he said. “Having had the opportunity to learn more about both Thuthukani and Amava, I am confident that we have made an excellent choice and that we will complement one another’s business and grow together into the future.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more