ALL IS set for today’s 40th staging of the Gibson/McCook Relays, which will take place inside the National Stadium at 9:00 a.m. Things will get started with the heats of the high-school boys’ 4x400m relays, with the final set to bring down the curtains on the event. A bumper crowd is expected as usual, with action set to feature competition among primary, prep, junior high, high schools and clubs and institutions, as they all prepare for their upcoming championships. Chairman of the Organising Committee, Professor Rainford Wilks, is very optimistic about today’s staging despite earlier concerns about the possible impact of the general election, which were held on Thursday. “Plans have gone on well. We have been affected by the general election, mainly resulting in the cancellation of the Howard Aris Memorial Lecture,” Wilks shared. Multiple Olympic and World Championships medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was scheduled to speak, but could not facilitate the alternate date. “We regret that and hope to hear from her in the future,” said Wilks. He pointed to a fallout in sponsorship, but was very pleased with the level of entries received for the meet. “Entries are at the robust levels. Our plans to welcome a US College team for the first time after many years have fallen through,” he said. Despite this, he expects the usual quality performances. “The quality will be excellent, as seen from the development meets since January. We are very happy with preparations, and patrons can expect a high quality, efficiently run meet in a safe, fun-filled environment,” he added. As usual, a lot of attention will surround the high-school competition as teams will be using the opportunity to fine-tune ahead of Champs. Defending girls champion Edwin Allen, after five victories a year ago will be hoping for another dominant performance at the Gibson/McCook Relays. Following performances so far this season they look well set to win the Class 2, 3 and 4 4x100m relays along with the 4x200m and 4x800m event. After two sub-45 seconds runs this season, Holmwood look set to maintain this high standard and should go all the way, while defending champions St Jago will be hoping to spoil their party. The most outstanding female high school athlete Junelle Bromfield of STETHS will be on show today as she will be hoping to bring her team to their third victory this season in the 4x400m, after brilliant anchor legs at the Milo Western Relays and Digicel Grand Prix finale, where she made up large deficits to guide her team to victories. CALABAR CLASS TWO BOYS Among the high school boys, all eyes will be on Calabar’s Class 2 4x100m relay team and with Christopher Taylor, in their ranks, they look set to create history by going sub-40 seconds. Last year’s top team, Kingston College, look set to dominate in the lower classes, while St Jago and STETHS should battle it out in a competitive 4x800m relays With this being an Olympic year, several leading senior athletes will be on show and following their outstanding performances at the Milo Western Relays, the Maurice Wilson-coached G.C. Foster College/Sprintec will be looking to Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, Sherone Simpson, Gayon Evans and Anastasia Le-roy on the female side. Among the males, Andre Clarke, Colin King, Demar Murray and Rasheed Dwyer should feature prominently. The University of Technology/MVP team will be coming out much stronger this time around after playing second fiddle to Sprintec/GC Foster in Montego Bay and they are expected to parade the likes of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Carrie Russell, Elaine Thompson and Stephanie McPherson on the female side, while the male side will have the likes of Nesta Carter, Kimarley Brown and Andrew Fisher.
…concerns raised about violence, discriminationThe number of migrant children escaping the Venezuelan disaster has been growing significantly and according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), that number has reached 438,000.The organisation documented that these children are living in hordes and are in need protection and access to basic services. Some of the countries which have been receiving large influxes include sections of Latin America and the Caribbean which constitutes Guyana, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Peru and Trinidad.Requests are being made for the respective Governments to collaborate with non-governmental organisations (NGO) and the United Nations (UN) partners to find solutions to common challenges posed by the widespread situation.UNICEF is concerned about reports of xenophobia, discrimination and violence inflicted against Venezuelan children and families in host communities.María Cristina Perceval, UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean said, “It is imperative that Governments, NGOs and UN partners in the region continue working together to protect the rights of all migrant children. Children are children first and foremost, regardless of their migration status, and we hope that host and transit communities will show solidarity and support for uprooted children.”Some migrants, including unaccompanied and separated children, pregnant women, nursing mothers as well as Indigenous populations are said to be at increased risk from violence, discrimination, trafficking, abuse and sexual exploitation.These risks are exacerbated when regular and safe channels for children and families to migrate are restricted and when border control and surveillance measures focus on repression. Consequently, dangerous informal migratory routes are the only medium for the refugees.“It is important to remember that human rights standards call for states to allow children entry as a precondition for carrying out initial protection assessment procedures,” explained Perceval.“Even when they are unaccompanied and without official documentation, they should be immediately directed to specialised personnel, who can assess their protection needs,” she added.UNICEF has launched a regional response to support migrant children and families from Venezuela while in transit and upon reaching their destination. This involves working with partners to ensure access to safe drinking water and sanitation, education and health services. Temporary learning spaces for migrant children are also being established in the region as well as supporting protection and psychosocial services.The agency is also currently working with governments in transit and host countries to uphold the rights of migrant children.
…as Thomas still denies taking over GRA functionThe State Assets Recovery Unit (SARU) has been accused of taking over the functions of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) with its ongoing moves to carry out investigations into the tax operations of businesses in the city.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Monday had said that the Unit, which was yet to have its bill passed in the National Assembly, has been acting illegally as it has sent a list of names of persons building high-rise structures in the country to the GRA.But questioned about this on Wednesday, SARU’s Head, Dr Clive Thomas denied that the Unit has been utilising the services of the GRA.Opposition leader Bharrat JagdeoHe said SARU itself has been carrying out its own investigations in the city. He, however, noted that the body could not do anything until the SARU Bill was passed in the National Assembly.“We have gone around the city to identify possible irregular activities of money laundering activities for which we might be able to recover taxes that people might not have paid because their reporting might not have indicated any income at the level to warrant the purchase of these buildings. We have not moved any further action on it, because we need a bill before the action,” he told Guyana Times in an invited comment on Wednesday.Head of SARU ProfessorClive ThomasAdditionally, it was previously reported that SARU Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Aubrey Heath-Retemyer had said that SARU was seeking to have the Deeds Registry hand over records to determine the owners of lands and business registration.“We repeatedly went to the Deeds Registry regarding a particularly mysterious high-rise building in the city of Georgetown and they were pathetic, they just couldn’t tell us anything much. We had to end up using a different approach,” Heath-Retemyer was quoted as saying.The Opposition Leader said the SARU was targeting the owners of the more than 100 high-rise buildings it has on record in the city. He said a list has been sent to the GRA.“GRA is now becoming part of the apparatus to go after people. A list has been sent to GRA of the tall buildings in the city and it is our information that soon GRA will start auditing those individuals. So SARU, a unit that has no legal basis in the law that is made up of political hacks that are PPP haters and, now it seems, national development haters, are deciding who the GRA will go after. How can you breed confidence in this manner?” he questioned.Back in January, Professor Thomas had indicated that the agency was in the process of mapping all the high-rise buildings, with the aim of investigating their owners for tax evasion and money laundering.Thomas reportedly wanted to ensure that the money used to construct the buildings was clean, that the buildings were not shell companies that the owners were paying their taxes, that the buildings were not being used as a conduit for corrupt activities, and even that the land was lawfully obtained.Dr Thomas has contended that there was an underground economy in Guyana, and Government is hell-bent on identifying the individuals involved.He said once SARU got its legal framework, it would spare no time in going after these individuals.Jagdeo had, however, said that there was no logic for such actions by the Unit.“What’s the logic? Let’s assume you have one five-storey building and another person have 50 one-storey building… he’s going to map the one five-storey building and you’re subjected to investigation and another person has 50 properties around the city, but you won’t be going after that person. What’s the logic?” he highlighted.He continued, “These loose-mouthed people are damaging our economy”, referring to Dr Thomas. “The business community and ordinary people operate on Government signals. If the entire Government speaks as if it hates investment and investors, and if you put up a building, you’ll be subjected to a whole range of scrutiny by the Government, then investors are just going to withdraw; no one will want to invest,” Jagdeo explained. The ordinary man also will respond in accordance – by withholding their money.He also contended that there was absolutely no logic in targeting high-rise buildings in trying to track down tax evaders and money launderers.“Sometimes you can get everything right, but if the signals are wrong about your intent then people act on signals; investors do so, as well as ordinary citizens and so we, I don’t have much hope that they would listen because of the arrogance,” Jagdeo lamented.Reports indicate that SARU already did an inventory of over 100 buildings in Guyana.
US-based energy, oil and gas expert Edwin CallenderAs Guyana continues to prepare for a booming oil and gas industry, the Government is being urged to develop its infrastructure.Energy Consultant from the Callender Law Firm in Houston, Texas, Edwin Callender, underscored the importance of infrastructure planning during an Oil and Gas Business Training Conference on Thursday at the Pegasus Hotel, Georgetown.He explained that in preparing Guyana for the oil and gas sector, the country needs to be able to participate in infrastructural planning to ensure that catastrophes do not arise in the near future.“You have to consider the environmental impacts and the power plants and hydro power. Of course, everyone knows Guyana means land of many waters and so that should not be abandoned because it is a renewable source of energy and it is very clean.”According to Callender, there is already too much congestion on the major roadways and this will only get worse if the Government does not plan to address it from now.“People coming down the East Bank, the East Coast, the traffic jams are really terrible. If you had additional industry put into this same general area because people live here what is going to happen? It would be really, really terrible…so a lot of thought has to be put into it the industrial park, the pipe lines where they are going to go, the liquid hydro-carbon storage, processing and handling facilities and where those are going to go.”The Energy Consultant stated that another key factor that must not be overlooked is the development and the modernization of the national grid.He pointed out that, although focus is being placed on the benefits will reap from a booming oil and gas sector, the management and improvement of the grid is essential in stabilizing the advancements in the infrastructural development of the country.“These are all the things that should be considered and need to be considered and dealt with in a consorted, strategic way. A piecemeal approach to this business is not going to cut it. There has to be some kind of central strategic unit either in the Government, or chartered by the Government, that does that planning and, of course, comprised of Guyanese experts dealing with all of these matters.”This two-day conference is being hosted by the Callender Law Firm for the second time in two years. Plans are on-going to ensure that this oil and gas and energy business training conference is done on an annual basis.Meanwhile, Guyana is now home to the world’s largest new deep-water oil discovery, with principle explorer ExxonMobil pushing for the development of the oil reserves and production scheduled to begin in 2020.
Two new youth cafés will be set up in Donegal after receiving funding boosts this week.Youth services in Ballybofey and Gort a Choirce were each given a €50,000 sum to set up the new drop-in centres.The youth cafés will provide young people in these areas with safe, alcohol free places to meet up with friends. They will also serve as information hubs to give out information on youth issues such as positive mental health and employment support. The funding was allocated as part of a €1.5 million nationwide funding injection by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs stated “As Minister, I have had the opportunity to visit many recently opened Youth Cafés across the country.“I have seen at first hand how these facilities can offer a safe, alcohol free, environment for young people to ‘hang out’. I have also been greatly impressed at the innovative partnership approach taken by many youth services in developing youth cafés as dynamic local hubs offering information and services to young people on key youth issues from positive mental health to employment support.” NEW YOUTH CAFÉ BOOST FOR DONEGAL TEENS was last modified: December 13th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Ballybofeydepartment of children and youth affairsgort an choirceyouth cafes
GOLF NEWS: On Thurs 24 November the 2016 Ladies AGM was held in the Barnhill clubhouse. There was a great turnout of ladies despite the very frosty night.The outgoing Captain Jackie Ireland had the very happy duty on the night to welcome and install the new Capt Mary Fowley for 2017.She also welcomed the new Vice Capt Maura Cavanagh. The new committee was then selected, with many new faces willing to give of their time for the continuation of the running of the ladies club. There were a number of presentations also.First up was that talented golfer Marian O Sullivan with three awards. The Sept pendant, the silver medal, and winner of the ‘ Birdie’tree.The lady golfer of the year went to Anne Cannon. Next up was Angela Bradley receiving the silver spoon. It was then Margo Birmingham’s turn, she was awarded the Bronze medal.Heartiest congratulations to the ladies above who starred in 2016. Finally the ladies are all looking forward to their annual Christmas party on Fri 2nd Dec where the turkey and hamper winners will receive their prizes. A fitting end to the golfing year of 2016 and the anticipation of the many games to be played in 2017Letterkenny Ladies select a new captain…… was last modified: November 29th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:golfLetterkenny ladiesSport
Are you called Duffy, O’Neill, O’Reilly or O’Donnell? If you are, you may be an heir to a fortune!Hundreds of Irish names are on the British Treasury’s list of unclaimed estates.Millions of pounds could therefore be lying in wait for the heirs of Irish people who died intestate in Britain. One of the largest cases was that of an Irish woman who left an estate in Belgravia, London, valued at over £1.5 million.Estates of those who die with no obvious next-of-kin automatically default to the British Government.Each year, approximately 2,000 cases are referred to the Treasury Solicitor’s Department.Last year the British Government collected £33 million in unclaimed estates. Fraser & Fraser, a London firm specialising in probate research, has handled over £100 million of inheritance in the past 10 years.They estimate that Irish cases account for about 10 per cent of their caseload.One case was the story of Michael Moran, who died in London aged 84 with an estate of £300,000. Born in Westport, Co. Mayo in 1922, Mr Moran died intestate in 2007 in Windsor.Using parish records, Mr Moran’s heirs were found and his estate was distributed.Another of Fraser & Fraser’s three teams repatriated some £4 million to beneficiaries in Ireland in a single 18-month period up to 2011. At present Fraser & Fraser, who have featured on the BBC TV series Heir Hunters, have details of an unclaimed case valued at £45,000 under the name Michael Delaney, a 70-year-old bachelor who died in Luton, Bedfordshire in 2000.The Bona Vacantia list, within the Treasury Solicitor’s Department, holds more than 10,500 unclaimed estates.Among them are hundreds of Irish-born men and women who died intestate between 1997 and 2012.Many Irish surnames such as Brennan, Connolly, Fitzgerald, Murphy, Kelly, O’Brien, O’Neill and O’Connor feature on the Treasury’s lists of unclaimed estates from across Britain, including London, West Yorkshire, Kent, Sussex, Essex and Staffordshire. The list is updated weekly — however no values are included to avoid fraudulent claims.The Treasury only deals with solvent estates of £500 or more.Many of these estates are worth little but others include bank savings, life insurance policies and real estate valued at tens of thousands of pounds.Bona Vacantia make enquiries for entitled kin on their website as well as in national and local press advertisements.Respondents are required to provide evidence of their blood relationship in the form of birth, marriage and death certificates, along with evidence of their identity.Two thirds of people in Britain have no will and every year over 12,000 people die without leaving any entitled kin next-of-kin.The most recent Bona Vacantia list shows details of 16 deceased persons all listed with birthplaces in Ireland. These include:■ John Watson, a bachelor, aged 82 years, who died in Plaistow, London, in October 2012■ Eugene Fitzpatrick, a widower, aged 88 years, who died in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, in February 2007■ James Emmett O’Reilly, whose marital status is unknown, aged 58 years, who died in Harrow, Middlesex in April 1989■ Anthony McDonagh, a widower, aged 89 years, who died in Halifax, West Yorkshire in February 2008■ Michael O’Donnell, aged 45 years, who died in Gillingham, Kent, in June 2003ARE YOU A SECRET MILLIONAIRE? FORTUNES UNCLAIMED IN BRITAIN was last modified: December 26th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ARE YOU A SECRET MILLIONAIRE? FORTUNES UNCLAIMED IN BRITAIN
Are steel studs greener than wood? Is plastic pipe greener than copper? And is vinyl siding green? A product’s total environmental impact must be considered.There are few green building topics that produce more frustration and uncertainty than claims about the environmental footprint of particular building materials. Life-cycle assessments seem like the perfect tool for summing it all up, but they fall short for many reasons.Getting reliable data is difficult at bestA life-cycle assessment starts with a life-cycle inventory. That includes identifying and quantifying the inputs and outputs of a product from cradle to grave (mining, manufacturing, moving, installing, operating, and disposing of). This is no small task. And because much of the information comes from product manufacturers, the data can be incomplete. Manufacturers may not have all of the information, or they may be unwilling to share it. When all products in a life-cycle-assessment database are not scrutinized equally, conclusions drawn from the information may be misleading.You can’t predict how many people will actually get cancer, only that a product could cause itAfter the life-cycle inventory is put together, it must be translated into actual environmental impacts: global warming, human toxicity, ozone depletion, rainforest degradation, etc. This is called life-cycle impact assessment (LCIA), and it gets pretty hypothetical. Many of these environmental effects require assumptions, such as how many lives will be lost from a particular cancer-causing output. These assumptions are impossible for normal people to evaluate, so we have to rely on someone else’s professional judgment.They make apples-to-oranges environmental comparisonsThe environmental impacts associated with a product are wide ranging and measured in many different ways. For example, biodiversity may be gauged by the number of species going extinct and global warming by worldwide temperature rise. But how do we compare the two in relative importance? Again, it’s hard for normal people to evaluate the relative importance, so we must rely on trustworthy experts to weigh each impact category in essentially an apples-to-oranges process. Is ozone depletion twice as important as the acidification of lakes? Pick your poison.Setting boundary conditions is subjective and fuzzyIn any analysis, deciding what is on the table and what is out of bounds or beyond the scope is an essential first step. What does this mean in environmental life-cycle assessment of building products? Three vexing examples provide valuable insight:Open-cell spray foam appears very green. It insulates and air seals, it has no VOC offgassing, uses water as the blowing agent, and it has proven quite durable. But when considered in the greater context of a building, its excellent adhesion makes recycling or reusing the wood to which it is stuck difficult or even impossible. Should the insulation/air sealing properties be evaluated alone or should their effect on other building materials be considered?Burning PVC is very bad. When burned in uncontrolled conditions, PVC creates a serious environmental hazard. But if PVC waste from construction is rarely involved in uncontrolled burning, should this issue be included in the environmental profile of PVC plumbing pipe? Should burning be a factor for other PVC products, but not those used in construction?Environmental regulations in other countries are often more lax that ours. A global manufacturer of paints has a good record of environmental compliance in the United States, but a lousy record in countries with lax environmental standards. Do we consider the environmental degradation in other countries if we know the paint we are using is produced in the United States?Life-cycle assessment is not a waste of time Does this mean that life-cycle assessments and comparing the environmental profiles of competing products are a complete waste of time? Does it really matter which products we use from an environmental standpoint? The answer is that the environmental footprint of a product matters, but it should be put in the proper context:Product selection should be among the last of the green building priorities. The energy efficiency, water efficiency, durability, and safety to human health of the building should be the top priorities.Use building products manufactured and/or assembled locally and optimize the use of all construction materials (use fewer studs, design in 2-ft. modules, etc.).For the more complex life-cycle assessment issues, go with product recommendations from a third-party, transparent, expert-based system such as GreenSpec.Dive deeper: Life Cycle Assessment for Buildings: Seeking the Holy Grail Environmental Building News, March 2002 Life Cycle 101 US EPA Life Cycle Assessment ResearchLife-Cycle Assessment tools: A Sampling of LCA Tools (sidebar to the above EBN article)BEES—Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability tool published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology The Athena Institute Environmental Impact EstimatorPharos Material Evaluation tool–Peter Yost is Director-Residential Services at GreenBuildingAdvisor and Building Green.
Asamoah Gyanfc goafootballindian football First Published: November 1, 2019, 10:13 PM IST Guwahati: FC Goa came up with yet another injury-time equaliser to salvage a point against NorthEast United FC in a thrilling 2-2 draw at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati on Friday.Goa did the same against Bengaluru FC in their previous Indian Super League 2019-20 match which finished 1-1, where Ferran Corominas scored a penalty. Hugo Boumous (31′) put Goa ahead in the first-half before NorthEast United came up with two second-half strikes from Asamoah Gyan (54′) and Redeem Tlang (74′). But despite a late red card to Seiminlen Doungel, Manvir Singh bagged a last-gasp equaliser for Goa.FULL-TIME A match filled with end-to-end action, goals, and late drama, ends with both team sharing the spoils.#NEUGOA #StrongerAsOne pic.twitter.com/JdsrLk0II7— NorthEast United FC (@NEUtdFC) November 1, 2019 NorthEast United were the first to threaten the goal when Milan Singh found Gyan at the edge of the box and the Ghanaian forced a good save from Mohammad Nawaz.The game was played from one end to another and Boumous was denied by the crossbar minutes later. Ahmed Jahouh found Ferran Corominas who released Boumous into the box but the Frenchman’s thunderous strike struck the woodwork.However, Boumous was not to be denied in the 31st minute. In a move that oozed quality, Brandon Fernandes played an excellent first-time through-ball off Corominas’ layoff to feed Boumous in behind the NorthEast defence. The midfielder skipped past the onrushing goalkeeper Subhasish Roy Chowdhury and calmly slotted into an empty net.NorthEast stepped up their efforts to find a goal and Gyan spurned two big chances to pull his team level in the first half. First, Mourtada Fall misplaced a simple pass into the feet of the forward but his shot from the edge of the box was hit straight at the goalkeeper. Five minutes before the break, the Ghanaian’s header was well saved by Nawaz.Gyan made his mark soon after the restart by scoring the equaliser. The striker, who pounced on Fall’s failure to intercept Rakesh Pradhan’s through-ball, latched on to the ball inside the box and curled a neat strike past Nawaz into the net.As the visitors tried to regain their lead, Subhasish pulled off a brilliant double save to keep his team in the game soon after the hour-mark. First, Corominas played Jackichand through into the box and the winger’s powerful effort was kept out by the diving goalkeeper. The rebound fell to Corominas lurking inside the box but Subhasish got up in time to block the Spaniard’s shot from close-range.NorthEast’s second-half intensity was rewarded in the 74th minute. Martin Chaves ran down the left flank and produced an accurate low cross for Redeem Tlang whose magnificent first-time strike left Nawaz rooted to the spot and put the home side into the lead.There was drama right at the end as Seiminlen Doungel’s poor tackle on Chaves was punished with a red card, which also saw both the teams also get involved in an ugly scuffle.But a 10-man Goa found joy in injury time when a free-kick into the box was flicked across goal by Fall. Manvir rose highest in the centre of the box to nod the ball in and give his side a point. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Stating it was committed to “gain and retain the complete Stating it was committed to “gain and retain the complete trust” of players, Irish said, “The best results will always be achieved when players are part of and buy into regulations, rules and protocols that affect them. “Everyone needs to be in this fight together. We have been pushing to formalise the relationship with the ACU for some time, and we will continue to do so, as we think that this is vital to achieving good outcomes globally. “By ensuring that player representatives are able to have input into operating procedures (including those related to how player evidence and statements are dealt with), protocols and regulations, it will help to build and develop trust and confidence,” he added. PTI CM AH AH