The Government’s rationale behind agreeing to the inclusion of the US$460 million pre-contract cost in the ExxonMobil contract without an audit is that this sum can be audited at any time.This is according to Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson. He was at the time answering questions on why Government did not audit the sum in the first place before agreeing to its inclusion in the contract. Patterson was also asked whether there was any intention to audit the sum.“The answer is obviously yes! We’ve always said that all cost recovery will have to be audited. They’ve said US$460 million, we’ll interrogate it. They’ve stated the number, we’ll audit it,” Patterson explained.Public Infrastructure MinisterDavid Patterson“I don’t know what the frequency of the audit will be for the second phase; but whatever it is, we’ll audit every single cost they put in. You can audit post- or pre-, so obviously we can audit it anytime,” Patterson affirmed.Previously, analysts have urged that the US$460 million quoted as pre-contract sums the Guyana Government has to pay to ExxonMobil should be thoroughly disaggregated and audited before a cent is paid to the oil giant.Guyana will have to audit and verify cost oil claims Exxon will make on its revenue. Exxon is expected to use revenue from its production in order to recoup its capital investment. Whatever remains of this is the ‘profit oil’ Guyana will have to split with the oil company and its associates.According to Annex C of the Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) Guyana signed with Exxon, pre-contract cost “shall include four hundred and sixty million, two hundred and thirty-seven thousand and nine hundred and eighteen United States Dollars (US$ 460,237,918) in respect of all such costs incurred under the 1999 Petroleum Agreement prior to the year ended 2015.”In a report done on the oil sector last year, the IMF had urged the Guyana Government to, as soon as possible, start auditing all exploration and development costs being racked up by ExxonMobil.When he presented the 2018 budget last year, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had alluded to the impending establishment of an Oil and Gas Unit at the GRA. The IMF had said establishment of this unit should become a Government priority.“It will be important for this unit to start verifying and undertaking audits of cost incurred during the exploration and development phase, which is getting underway now. It would be advantageous to establish close working relations between the GRA and the sector regulators, to ensure that the limited petroleum sector expertise in Government is applied most efficiently,” the IMF had stated in its report.At a January press conference, GRA had announced that this very Oil and Gas Unit (O&G Unit) was up and running in preparation for ExxonMobil beginning commercial production of oil in 2020. GRA Commissioner-General Godfrey Statia had explained that the GRA had secured the services of trainers from the United Kingdom (UK) in addition to those from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).But reports as recent as April 1, 2018 indicate that no audit was ever undertaken of this sum, or the financial statements the company had submitted.
The victim was a woman, at home with her baby, who was attacked, after briefly leaving the child on a backyard patio, to get a toy.As she was walking through the home, she was attacked by a man, who subsequently fled through the front door, after the woman attempted to stab him several times with a pen.Despite an extensive investigation at the time, police were unable to locate a suspect, and the case went cold until advances in technology led to confirmation through DNA, of a match to man living in B.C.- Advertisement -A week ago today, a Canada wide warrant was issued for a suspect, and William James Brookshaw was arrested and returned to Calgary, on Wednesday of this week.He’s scheduled to appear in court this morning, charged with overcoming resistance by choking, sexual assault and break and enter.
1 Arsenal will be without England forward Danny Welbeck for several months after he underwent surgery on a knee problem.The 24-year-old, signed from Manchester United on deadline day in September 2014, last played for the Gunners in April, missing both the FA Cup final and end-of-season internationals.Despite hopes Welbeck would be able to recover from bone bruising around the knee, Arsenal announced in a statement on Thursday the player had needed an operation and was now set for an extended spell of rehabilitation.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had hoped the forward would be available soon after the international break.However, following an increased training schedule, it was decided surgery would be needed.A statement from Arsenal read: “Danny Welbeck has undergone surgery on his left knee after being unable to sufficiently step up his rehabilitation work.“The striker has been working throughout the summer to recover from the injury sustained at the end of April.“It had been hoped he would avoid surgery, but after increasing his training workload, the injury to his cartilage did not respond as well as hoped and the decision was taken last week for him to undergo surgery by a leading specialist in the field.“Danny is now expected to be out for a period of months and everyone at Arsenal wishes him well.” Danny Welbeck
5 England striker Harry Kane There was a touch of the fantastic about Kane’s England debut. Welcomed on to the pitch at Wembley as a 72nd-minute substitute for Wayne Rooney against Lithuania in March 2015, he scored with his third touch after just 79 seconds. Just a few years before, he had been a fan, watching from the stands.“I used to go with my dad and brother,” he says. “I remember a Switzerland game, and singing the national anthem before it gave me goosebumps. When I played for England at Wembley, singing the national anthem was a dream come true. I was so proud to make my debut, especially being at Wembley, and to score so early on was special. All my family were there to share the moment after the game. It’s a memory I won’t forget.”The last time we spoke to Kane, a month before that, he’d captured the eye for Tottenham but was yet to make his mark on the international stage. Even before speaking to him, you can tell how his stature has grown simply from the difference in venue – upmarket hotel instead of weathered sports centre.Other stories have taken the spotlight this season (one of them could well partner him up front for England), but Kane has kept banging in goals. “Time has gone quick since then,” he says. “It doesn’t seem like a year ago. I feel like I’ve got better – this season was a lot different to last season, obviously. Players know who I am and maybe have tactics to stop me scoring goals. I’ve had to cope with that, but it’s all part of the learning curve.”He has scored 32 goals for club and country this season, matching the total he reached in his breakthrough year, but with more expectation on his broad shoulders.“You’ve got to thrive on pressure,” says the Premier League Golden Boot winner. “You’ve got to be able to handle it. Any footballer who wants to be at the top level is going to be in pressure situations.“The way I see it, if you prepare yourself enough in training and work hard enough, then those situations get easier and easier.”Kane has proved he’s no one-season wonder. With five goals in 12 games, he could be England’s leading striker for the next 10 years: “Any top player, if they can keep doing it year in, year out, it shows that they can be at that top level.”Growing painsIt didn’t always look like it would turn out this way. Three years ago, Kane sat on the bench – alongside Jamie Vardy – for Leicester in a playoff semi they lost to Watford in dramatic circumstances. It was a difficult spell: nowhere near the Spurs side, struggling to make his mark on loan.“I went to Norwich, I got injured – I broke my foot and couldn’t get in the team,” says Kane. “I went to Leicester and couldn’t get in the team. It was a tough year for me, a tough learning curve, and one that’s made me stronger. I learnt a lot about myself then.”Both Kane and Vardy have since broken into a fresh and exciting England side. With them are young talents such as Dele Alli and a host of players who have come through the age-group system together.“When you’ve played with each other through the ranks – under-17s, under-18s, under-19s – you get to know each other and you get to know each other’s games,” says Kane. “We still have a good mixture – it isn’t just young players. We have some good, experienced players who have been there and done it and know what to expect.”There’s fierce competition for the job of leading the line in Roy Hodgson’s side, with Kane, Vardy, Daniel Sturridge, Marcus Rashford and, of course, Wayne Rooney all potential strikers. But Kane is unfazed about his position on the pitch. “Imagine the greatest goal you’ve ever scored”For most people, this would be a fairly simple exercise: a thumping playground volley, a glancing header in Sunday league, a five-aside flick you’re adamant was deliberate, even though no one believes you.But England striker Harry Kane has quite the highlights reel to run through. Our photographer asks him to picture himself scoring a dream goal while Kane strikes poses for our cover shoot.“The shirt would be off,” he grins – and you wouldn’t blame him for such a passionate celebration if he finds the net at Euro 2016. He has been waiting for this moment his whole life.Like all followers of the Three Lions, certain England moments are etched indelibly into Kane’s memory – brilliant goals and the scars of shootout heartache. 5 5 “I was probably only about five or six when Michael Owen scored that goal in World Cup ’98 against Argentina,” says the 22-year-old, who had actually not quite turned five that summer. “But that was obviously a special goal, so that’s one that kind of sticks out in my mind.”The Tottenham forward remembers collecting stickers and those petrol station coins of players’ faces from tournaments past; getting into school early to watch games at the 2002 World Cup, in Japan and South Korea. His most vivid memory of watching England is David Beckham helping them qualify for that tournament with a free-kick against Greece.“I remember watching that and going mental when it went in,” says Kane. “Obviously it’s such a famous goal, and Beckham was a big idol of mine growing up, so that is definitely one memory that sticks out.” 5 5 “I’ll play wherever the manager wants me to play,” he says. “At international level you have to be able to adapt to different situations and different positions, and I’m happy to do whatever I’m called upon to.”Kane tells us he prepares for every game in the same superstitious way – putting on his left shin pad, sock and boot before tending to the other leg. Before Saturday’s Euro 2016 opener against Russia, he might also take a moment to reflect on both how far he’s come, and how far he can take his country. “We can achieve anything,” he tells us. “We’ve just got to stay focused.”From England fan to star man for club and country, Kane is living the dream. So why wake up now?Harry Kane wears England’s new 2016 home kit, built for speed with revolutionary Nike Aeroswift innovation. Visit nike.com
It’s the big one on Thursday afternoon!England v Wales is the game everyone has been talking about since the draw for Euro 2016 was made last December, and in Lens later, the talking stops and the action starts.Wales have been accused of being a one-man team, with everything revolving around Gareth Bale.So just how important is he?talkSPORT’s digital team in France paid a visit to Lille to find out…To create your own England Wales line-ups, go to www.virginmedia.com/lineupbuilderOnly Virgin Media gives you all the sport from Sky Sports and BT Sport in one package, available in cabled areas only. To find out more, head to Virgin Media football.
Donegal businessman James Arnold cares about the future of the county where he lives. He may be successful in his own right but the road ahead keeps him awake at night. In an article specially written for Donegal Daily, the recruitment specialist offers his thoughts on how Donegal and the north-west can emerge from the recession a much stronger and vibrant place.Donegal businessman James Arnold.Happiness is a North West called Hamlet!This year two important people in Ireland said two very important things which should wake up and resound a voice all over the North West of Ireland. Pearse Doherty the Sinn Fein TD said “Donegal has the highest rate of unemployment in Ireland at twice the state average, the lowest disposable income and youth unemployment is almost at 50%.”. This is true!SDLP MLA Colum Eastwood said concerning Derry and Strabane, that the latest claimant levels were bleak and needed addressing. “These figures illustrate once again that Derry and its surrounds are facing serious economic difficulties and the Executive, Invest NI seem ambivalent to this. They constantly tell us they are working very hard to deliver for Derry and the North West on the economic promise since the Peace Process, but every time these figures are released Derry and its proximity is at the wrong end of the league table.”Now! How do we fix this?Politicians need business people to fix it! An economic accord!A new initiative!An exciting new North West accord by collectivism!If Peter Robinson MP – the First Minister… Or if Martin McGuiness – the deputy First minister and co equal in the Northern Ireland Assembly care about the North West, let them listen to a businessman talking sense. If the President of America – President Obama considers what I have to say important enough about the politics of whole world and writes a personal letter to me within 30 days – won’t the elected representatives of my own beautiful country also extend a small invitation and reply to hear what I have to say too? Because what I have to say is important. So listen please!Elected politicians are not the only ones which care about the people in all of our society. Business people matter too! They care as well. They watch, they flinch, they move on. They seek for opportunities to grow – to invest – to employ, to make our country ( both regions of our country) – to make them great! If we make a profit – it is taxed – so we cannot be blamed for being successful. Our relationship with Great Britain has outgrown the gruesome past of 600 years. Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Ireland some time ago lifted the entire island. These things matter.Ireland’s love for Queen Elizabeth ( expressed in the words of a child – ‘She is the real Queen – she is here’) and the relationship of Great Britain and Ireland has been restored by words, kind words. Her bow – at our memorial of our own dead shook the chairs of the hurted. I am convinced of that. We all live with the past, we remember the past, we have a legacy of the past, but Ireland and Britain’s love for each other in our very own generation has been restored. Many great and brave people wept and sacrificed so much for this achievement. It’s all over. And what teenager and what young adult does not love William and Kate and their kids? None!So what do I propose?Donegal, Derry and Strabane. I want to talk about us. All these regions have the highest unemployment rate in Europe – 50% .It is bigger than Spain or Greece!Donegal as an economic region has never worked successfully or economically within the E.U. Indeed the county voted twice to exit from the E.U. altogether because of its failure to address the economic issues concerning the region and its people within Ireland and its proximity to Northern Ireland within the United Kingdom.It is the only region in all of Europe to say No to the E.U. and not without good reason. There are reasonable grounds for this. Its geography and its demographics and its failure to compete fairly. Donegal, Derry and Strabane are all bordered together beside two competing states and all feel the pinch – so too is Tyrone and Fermanagh.But there is a circle of discontent within Donegal, Derry and Strabane. This is the circle of discontent. Mass unemployment exists inside the circle. The problem has not been addressed. Its location is situated in the farthest extremities of Western Europe. It’s out there on its own with conflicting economics, tax rates and VAT – and due to the mistakes of the past is not connected. The is a perpetual source of economic discomfort due to its political demography.Proposal for happinessI propose an economic circle – a dedicated zone for Donegal, Derry and Strabane – A tri-fold development recovery zone – ‘A North West of Ireland accord’ if you will. There are many stake holders and the rewards are wonderful. It will involve the government of the Republic of Ireland, The Government of Northern Ireland, The two governments of Ireland and Great Britain and negotiations with all relevant parties with the European Union. In a nutshell, negotiations are needed to declare the North West region of Ireland and its U.K. border regions an ‘Economic development zone’ with the E.U.How many jobs for the region?25,000! and with the services sector plugging in – 15,000– total 40,000 new jobs!Corporation tax rate negotiated for the region for 25 years?A corporation tax rate for the region of 5%Who?Asia!Europe imports billions of products from Asia, billions upon billions every year.If the IDA and the NI development authority between them select about 75 – 100 good clean manufacturing – clean energy jobs – suitable companies – already and consistently supplying to the E.U. to locate within the dedicated zone – a small part of their operation then it can work. A paltry 5 -10% is all that is needed – and they will jump to take it. It will have no economic threat to the E.U’s existing manufacturers as they are already importing the goods and indeed the new zone will make it easier and less expensive. All the details can be worked out with both governments. We need to work together more than ever before.Gains!All parties will gain. It’s a win win win!All governments will see a substantial benefits saving, an income tax take up, a reduction in unemployment dole outs. The E.U. will see a fall in unemployment.Losers?None, because the zone is limited. The agreement reached between the parties is focused to achieve a goal and nothing beyond.I call on all parties to debate it and bring the region to full employment and social welll being and prosperity.James ArnoldProprietorProspects Recruitment in Ireland.VIEWPOINT: WHY POLITICIANS NEED TO LISTEN TO DONEGAL BUSINESS PEOPLE was last modified: September 4th, 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:BusinessdonegalJames Arnold
MORAGH AND EAMONA CO Donegal couple are making headlines in New Zealand today – after losing a diamond from an antique wedding ring!That’s because local people in the town of Picton found the gem after rummaging through rubbish bins.Tourists Moragh and Eamon Canney say they can’t thank the people of the New Zealand town enough for all their help. The diamond was eventually found by Seamus’s Irish Bar owner Liz Hawthorne who got down on her hands and knees to find a diamond vacuumed into the bar’s rubbish bags.The couple were in New Zealand visiting their son in Christchurch, decided to stay a night in Picton before returning home to Donegal.The stone fell out of the 1930s ring after they went into the bar for a night-cap but only discovered it missing the next day.The pair returned to the bar the next day more in hope than anything else. But Mrs Hawthorne emptied the rubbish bags from the previous night and rummaged through – and found the precious stone.“There were coffee grinds, cigarette butts – she went through the bottles one by one,” Mrs Canney said.“I just couldn’t believe it — not just the work, but how kind she was. I will be forever grateful to Liz.”The Canneys took the diamond to a local jewellers where owner Murray Brereton reset the claws on the ring that held the five diamonds in place while they waited.Kind hearts: Liz Hawthorne, right,with daughter-in-law Lisa, searched through rubbish to find the diamond and save the tourists’ holiday. PIC Marlborough Express“It was just fantastic, the people we met were so good to us. “Those values where people have time for others, they were just unbelievable.”“Liz went above and beyond the call of duty, I couldn’t thank her enough – it really saved our holiday.” said Moragh.Brereton Jewellers owner Murray Brereton said the diamonds were not properly set into the claws by a previous jeweller.Mrs Canney was “absolutely distressed” when she entered the shop but calmed down while watching Mr Brereton perform the work, he told the Marlborough Express. LOCALS SEARCHED THROUGH BINS TO FIND DONEGAL WOMAN’S MISSING DIAMOND was last modified: July 25th, 2012 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)
SINGER Rory Gallagher’s fame is spreading throughout his adopted home of Lanzarote. The man behind ‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’ was the star guest for the baptism of little Daisy Ann Lees this week.And there was only one song those from England and Ireland wanted to hear!So Kilcar native Rory can be seen here with a new version: Daisy’s Getting Baptised.He then finishes off of course with the original more famous song which has had an astonishing 650,000 views on YouTube since it first featured on Donegal Daily eight weeks ago. Said Rory: “I just want to thank everyone who helped to make the song so successful. I’ve had a great time altogether.”He’s taking a rest for THAT song for a few weeks, before coming back to Ireland for a tour.“I’m really looking forward now to the Irish tour and hope to see lots of people there,” he added.He kicks off the tour on November 10th in Ballybofey.Rory & the Island’s November Irish tour dates are as follows:Saturday 10th November, 2012the Balor Theatre, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal8pm / €8Sunday 11th November, 2012the Green Room, Voodoo, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal8pm / €8 Monday 12th November, 2012the Derry City Social Club, Derry8pmWednesday 14th November, 2012Shenanigan’s, Sligo8pmFriday 16th November, 2012the Workman’s Club, Dublin8pm / €7 (Tix available on ticketmaster.ie)Sunday 18th November, 2012Crane Lane Theatre, CorkTime TBC Monday 19th November, 2012DCU @ NuBar, Dublin9.30pmTuesday 20th November, 2012NUIM @ YOURCLUBHOUSE, Maynooth, Kildare9.30pmFor more info keep an eye on the website and on Facebook.www.facebook.com/roryandtheislandDDTV: JIMMY’S WINNING MATCHES IN LANZAROTE AS RORY SINGS ‘DAISY’S GETTING BAPTISED’ was last modified: October 11th, 2012 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:DDTV: JIMMY’S WINNING MATCHES IN LANZAROTE AS RORY SINGS ‘DAISY’S GETTING BAPTISEDrory and the islandRory Gallagher
4 October 2013 Chiefs will be able to call upon Bafana Bafana greats Doctor Khumalo, Lucas Radebe, and John “Shoes” Moshoeu, who made 50, 70, and 73 appearances for the national team respectively. They rate among the best players produced by South Africa. Striker Robbie Fowler, who scored 183 goals in his time with Liverpool and was recently signed up with Steve McManaman to help the club’s under-18 and under-21 squads, will also be in action. ‘Great respect’Assessing the challenge that lies ahead for the Reds, Barnes added: “We have a great respect for the Kaizer Chiefs club, who are South Africa’s most successful ever team and themselves are known around the world. They too have had many great players down the years and we look forward to locking horns with them.” “We also welcome the opportunity to play a club of Liverpool’s stature, as this will be a meeting of two great sides who enjoy vast support in South Africa. Durban-born former Durban City goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar, who played 440 games for Liverpool has been named in the visitors’ line-up. SAinfo reporter ‘A wonderful opportunity’“We have had some great players in our history and for those that never saw them play in their prime, this will be a wonderful opportunity to show the younger fans the skills that made these players such legends,” Khumalo told Sapa. “It will be an honour for us to play in front of these passionate fans and show some of the skills that have not only won us many trophies, but millions of friends around the world too.” “We have always enjoyed fantastic support in South Africa, where Liverpool is as loved as anywhere else in the world,” John Barnes, a Liverpool legend, who is nowadays a regular figure on South African television as a football pundit, told the South African Press Association (Sapa). The Liverpool Legends football team is set to tour South Africa, with a clash against the Kaizer Chiefs Legends at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on 16 November to highlight their visit, it was announced on Thursday. “We are sure it will be a great occasion not just for the fans, but the players too.” Phil NealThe Liverpool squad will be packed with players that were crowned European champions, including defender Phil Neal, who won 50 caps for England and lifted numerous trophies with the Reds, including four European Cups, one Uefa Cup, one Uefa Super Cup, eight First Division titles, four League Cups, and five FA Charity Shields.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This year, U.S. wheat planted area will fall to the lowest level since 1970, according to Mark Simone of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). The USDA held its annual Agricultural Outlook Forum where Simone presented the 2016 Grain and Oilseeds outlook. USDA currently estimates 2016/17 (June to May) wheat acreage at 51 million acres, a 6% decrease from last year.Winter wheat plantings are down 7% according to USDA, with the hard red winter (HRW) crop having the largest decrease. HRW plantings fell by 9% to 26.5 million acres. Soft red winter (SRW) plantings decreased by 400,000 acres to 6.7 million acres. USDA anticipates a 5% reduction in spring wheat plantings due to more favorable returns for other commodities. Currently, USDA’s spring wheat and durum acreage projection stands at 14.4 million acres, down from 15.1 million acres last year.Due to the expected reduction in planted area, production will decrease for HRW, hard red spring (HRS) and durum despite a predicted increase in average wheat yields. USDA expects white wheat production to increase slightly due to a small increase in planted area and more favorable growing conditions. SRW production will remain flat with an expected increase in yield predicted to offset the lower planted area. Based on trend yields, USDA expects the national average yield to grow to 45.9 bushels per acre. USDA projects the wheat harvested-to-planted ratio will fall to 0.85, down slightly from last year’s 0.86 due to a small increase in expected abandonment rates.Although planted area is down for winter wheat, current crop conditions for many HRW-producing states are significantly better than this time last year, with 57% of the total HRW crop in either good or excellent condition compared to 44% last year. However, warm temperatures brought wheat out of dormancy earlier than normal across much of the HRW growing region, increasing the plants’ need for water and vulnerability to a late-spring freeze. Current SRW crop conditions also improved from last year with 58 percent of the crop in either good or excellent condition in Illinois, the only SRW state for which data is available at this time. USDA weekly crop progress reports will resume on April 4.An increase in carryover stocks will push total U.S. supplies higher in 2016/17. USDA forecasts 2016/17 U.S. supplies at 83.9 million metric tons (MMT), up 5% from 2015/16 and 2% more than the 5-year average, if realized. Demand in the U.S. will grow in 2016/17, with USDA anticipating a 5% increase in domestic use, from 32.2 MMT to 33.8 MMT.Price competition from other wheat exporters will continue to pressure demand for U.S. wheat, in spite of an anticipated decrease in world wheat production after three consecutive record crops. However, USDA expects U.S. exports to rebound a bit to 23.1 MMT, up 6% from the forecasted 2015/16 U.S. wheat export level of 21.1 MMT.