Dear Editor,Would it ever be possible for GTT to restore the services of my two landline phones to normalcy? For more than six months now, the one at Adventure and the other at Suddie have not been functioning, much to my inconvenience.During that period, umpteen reports were made at the complaints desk in the Anna Regina compound, and two letters were even sent to the officer-in-charge to have the matter rectified.All along, a technician came twice, but it was just useless to bring about corrective measures. The major problem with the phones is that, ever so often, there is no dial tone; and even when this comes on, it is not possible to make or receive calls.For sure, my frustration and stress over the use of the phones will be eliminated with the company doing a favour to provide information on the true position.It is well known that, from the lack of the company providing an efficient service, many customers have abandoned the use of their landline phones.As a matter of fact, monopoly is always bad for customers, with a clear demonstration of such situation taking place here.Yours respectfully,Baliram Persaud
A 27-year-old taxi driver was on Friday sentenced to 10 years behind bars by Magistrate Rondel Weaver after being found guilty of a series of firearm-related charges.Jailed: Casey ChapmanCasey Chapman of Lot 77 South Sophia, Greater Georgetown, was recently convicted of the charges at the conclusion of the Preliminary Inquiry (PI) into the matter, while two of his accomplices were freed.The first charge against Chapman stated that on November 26, 2018, at High and Princes Streets, he had in his possession a .32 Taurus pistol without being the licensed firearm holder.The second charge stated that on the same day and at the same location, he had in his possession one 9mm Glock pistol without being the holder of a firearm licence.It was further stated that on the same occasion, he had in his possession 12 live rounds of 9mm ammunition and seven .32 ammunition without being a licensed firearm holder.Magistrate Weaver handed down a sentence of four years’ imprisonment on the first two charges while on the remaining two, she sentenced Chapman to three years for each count.However, the Magistrate noted that the sentences will run concurrently, leaving Chapman to spend a total of three years behind bars for all of the charges.Chapman and his accomplices were arrested in November 2018 after trailing a businesswoman from the Eugene F Correia International Airport and robbing her of a package before shooting at her vehicle.Ranks from the Ruimveldt Police Station were on the lookout at High and Princes Streets, Georgetown, when they observed the three men sitting in a vehicle and acting in a suspicious manner. The ranks then approached the vehicle, where they identified themselves. A search was conducted on the vehicle and they found the articles mentioned in the charges. The men were all arrested and taken into custody.
1% recoverable royalty…cites previous costs from failed Jaguar well, exploration risks…at least 12 other countries have average 10% royalty rateIn the wake of reports that Tullow will be recovering the one per cent royalty it pays to Guyana through cost oil, the British oil firm has defended itself by pointing to international licence standards and the previous losses it took on a failed exploration well.Tullow’s Head of Media Relations, George CazenoveIn an interview with this publication, Tullow’s Head of Media Relations, George Cazenove reminded that back in 2012, Tullow and its partners spent and lost over US$100 million on a failed exploration well in Guyana.“What I can say is that our licence is entirely in line with licences around the world in frontier exploration areas. Don’t forget that the Jethro well had a one in four chances of success at our risk. And we know what it’s like to lose money in exploration – we and our partners spent $185M USD in Guyana in 2012 on the Jaguar well and, as per our licence, got nothing back,” Cazenove said.Experts have argued for some time that that Guyana Government has not done enough to include ring-fencing provisions within the oil contracts it signed with operators. Ring-fencing terms ensure that liabilities (losses) associated with a company’s asset, in this case a previous well, cannot be transferred and the costs recouped from another well.The one per cent royalty, itself, has been criticised in recent times for its very amount. It falls short of the two per cent ExxonMobil has to pay to Guyana. When compared to oil producers around the world, however, the rate falls even shorter.While some oil producers did start with low royalty rates similar to Guyana’s, their respective governments had the foresight to include provisions in their contracts for a sliding scale that would ensure the royalty rate went up as oil production increased.The Stena Forth drillship working on Tullow’s wellThe Global Legal Research Centre in the Library of Congress of the United States (US) did a study on royalty rates a few years back, in which it cited the rates various countries imposed on companies.A comparison of the rates for just 12 of these countries— including Venezuela, Algeria, Argentina, Columbia and Ecuador— shows an average royalty rate of 10 per cent. Cazenove reminded, however, that it was still early days for the company and Guyana as an oil producer.“It’s very early days for Tullow in Guyana. We’ve drilled one well so far that has been successful… which is great news, but we are a long way from reaching production. We need to drill more exploration wells and appraisal wells as well as completing technical analysis before our licences become production licenses,” Cazenove said.Oil findIt was announced on August 12 that Tullow discovered oil in commercial quantities at the Jethro-1 exploration well in the Orinduik Block. This is the first discovery in the Orinduik Block, which is located in close proximity to the Stabroek Block – where United States oil giant ExxonMobil had already made 13 lucrative oil discoveries.The Jethro-1 well was drilled by the Stena Forth drillship to a total depth of 4400 metres in approximately 1350 metres of water. According to a statement from the company, evaluation of the logging data confirmed that Jethro-1 comprises high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs of Lower Tertiary age, which simply means they date back to millions of years ago.According to the statement, the well encountered 55m of net oil pay, which indicates a recoverable oil resource estimate that exceeds Tullow’s pre-drill forecast of 100 million barrels of oil.News of the find created waves in financial centres around the world, as well as international news outlets. That very day, Tullow’s shares jumped by over 19 per cent on the London Stock Exchange to become the biggest gainer on the index.Not long after, however, reports emerged in sections of the media in which it was alleged that the one per cent royalty that Tullow agreed to in its deal with the government, can be recouped as costs. A report prepared by Hannam and Partners (Advisory) LLP was cited in the article.Already, the contract exempts Tullow from paying a range of taxes and duties. Section 15.1 of Tullow’s contract states that “subject to Article 32 and except as provided in Article 15.2, 15.8 and… Article 15.1, no tax, value added tax, excise tax, duty, fee, charge or other impost shall be levied at the date hereof or from time to time thereafter on the contractor or affiliated companies in respect of income derived from petroleum operations or in respect of any property held, transactions undertaken or activities performed for any purpose authorized or contemplated hereunder”.The only exceptions are import duties at rates set out in the Customs Act and subject to Article 21 of the contract; income unrelated to what is derived under the agreement and rent owing to the government for any land rights granted or assigned.And it was only this year that the government passed a motion in the National Assembly, moved by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, to confirm tax waivers for the British oil company. The activity was boycotted by the Opposition because of its caretaker status.Tullow Guyana BV is the operator of the Orinduik Block, with a 60 per cent stake. Total E&P Guyana BV holds 25 per cent with the remaining 15 per cent being held by Eco (Atlantic) Guyana Inc.It was recently announced that Qatar’s state oil company is looking to enter into Guyana’s oil market with a farm-in deal through total that could see them obtaining stakes in both the Orinduik and Kanuku Blocks.
10 9. Manchester City’s debt is £67m – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out more – Sheikh Mansour’s millions have transformed Manchester City. The Etihad outfit are now a firmly established member of the elite and, luckily for them, have a bottomless pit of money to help them progress even further. The Champions League trophy has to be the next aim and it doesn’t look like the threat of accumulating plenty of debt is going to deter the club’s efforts. 2. Man United’s debt is £342m – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out the Premier League club with the MOST debt – The Red Devils have been streets ahead of their competitors in a commercial sense for many years. However, one of the world’s biggest teams has now racked up huge debt levels after the Glazer family purchased the club in 2003. It hasn’t stopped the Old Trafford outfit competing for top honours on the pitch, mind you. Although, as debt has decreased in recent years, so has success! 10 Football is big business.Turnover and revenue might be booming for members of the Premier League, but plenty of the clubs in England’s top tier have also been saddled with a shed load of debt.It’s a dangerous ball game to be playing, but many are willing to take the risk.Meanwhile, the accounts have been submitted and the numbers have been crunched for the most recent set of figures for each and every club.But who has amassed more debt than anyone else? Well, talkSPORT has the answers.Check out our list of the top 10 Premier League clubs with the most debt by clicking the yellow arrow above, right.*Source: Daily Mail 10 10 10 7. Aston Villa’s debt is £104m – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out more – Tim Sherwood has got a bit of a job on his hands, hasn’t he? The Englishman may have led Villa to safety last season, but he could struggle to improve his side’s fortunes further. Owner Randy Lerner has put the club up for sale and it doesn’t look like significant funds will be made available in the near future, unless a buyer can be found. 10 6. West Ham United’s debt is £110m – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out the top five Premier League clubs with the MOST debt – The Hammers threatened to overachieve initially last season, only to endure a dramatic post Christmas slump, which saw them slide down to 12th place in the table and ultimately cost Sam Allardyce his job. Former player Slaven Bilic is the new man in the hot seat, but the Croatian’s appointment represents a risk. Relegation prior to the club’s long-awaited move to the Olympic Stadium would be a disaster. Dropping into the second tier with so many seats to fill could prove to be a setback that would take years to recover from. 10 5. Liverpool’s debt is £127m – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out more – John W. Henry and Fenway Sports Group are not short of experience in regards to managing sports teams, given their solid track record on the other side of the pond, but Liverpool Football Club has proven to be a tricky project. Brendan Rodgers has been allowed to spend significantly, but success has been elusive. Meanwhile, the redevelopment of Anfield this summer will help to boost the club’s match day revenue. 10 3. Arsenal’s debt is £240.5m – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out more – The Gunners endured a difficult decade following their move to the Emirates Stadium, but the purse strings have finally been loosened in recent years following the purchases of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. Arsene Wenger is determined to run the club in a sustainable fashion, but they’ve still got a large chunk of debt that needs to be addressed. 10. Southampton’s debt is a reported £57m* – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out the full list of Premier League clubs with the MOST debt – Although the South Coast outfit sold several of their key players for sizeable transfer fees last summer, their finances are still not in the best shape. However, Ronald Koeman’s recruitment drive did wonders and the Saints managed to improve on their recent success and achieve a seventh place finish during the Dutchman’s debut season. If the club wish to climb higher then it is likely more debt will be piled onto the St Mary’s outfit. 8. Leicester City’s debt is £103m – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out more – Few expected Nigel Pearson to lead the Foxes to safety prior to their miraculous run in, which saw the club haul themselves away from danger and achieve a respectable 14th place finish. Relegation could have had huge consequences given the vast amount of debt that the East Midlands outfit currently suffers from. Yet the team’s Thai owners are ambitious and are expected to invest significantly in the squad this summer in order to become an established force in England’s top flight in the future. Newcastle fans want Mike Ashley to sell the club 10 10 1. Chelsea’s debt is £958m – The west Londoners are officially the Premier League club with the MOST debt – Who else were you expecting to see on top spot? Roman Abramovich’s revolution in west London has led to an abundance of silverware, but the Blues have amassed a staggering amount of debt. Wow. £958 million. That’s not just pocket change, is it? It’s owed to the Russian, who is unlikely to call it in any time soon, so Chelsea fans can breathe easily. For now!
1 Clive Allen insists Tottenham have NOT ‘bottled it’ in the Premier League title race this season, telling talkSPORT the campaign has already been a success.Spurs’ hopes of catching leaders Chelsea were dealt a big blow on Friday as they were beaten 1-0 by West Ham at the London Stadium.The result means the Blues only need two more wins from their four remaining games to wrap up the title.Losing to the Hammers seemed such a ‘Spursy’ thing to do, with many rival fans jeering the north Londoners for blowing their chances of silverware once again.Allen, however, says the title race was never theirs to lose, insisting their proving to be one of the top flight’s most entertaining teams and their sealing of a place in next season’s Champions League is reason enough to hail a successful season for Spurs.“They’ve had an extraordinary run of wins which to achieve in the Premier League was quite incredible,” the former striker told the Weekend Sports Breakfast.“They had a more difficult run-in than Chelsea, they’ve had an almost perfect home record, unbeaten all season with just one game to come against Manchester United.“There is very little more they could have done to really end up as winners, they’ve gone so close, but the season will be deemed a success – they’ve earned qualification to the Champions League.” Despite impressing over the past two seasons, there is little doubt there is still some work to be done until Mauricio Pochettino’s youthful team are the finished article.Allen believes Tottenham need more experience in their squad and has told talkSPORT the return of two former Spurs star would not only give them that, but also bolster it in key places – most crucially a back-up to top striker Harry Kane.Asked what he believes needs adding to Pochettino’s squad, Allen said: “It has to be an experienced old-head.“I know it’s not something the chairman will want to do, to spend money where the potential returns would be very little.“It was something I felt needed adding last season, but it didn’t happen. They’ve stuck with this young group and they have done very well, but I just felt at times they needed some guidance, they needed a leader to get them over the line.“Ironically for me it would be someone like Michael Carrick… he’s been through everything – has had some tough times at Manchester United but won things there. He’s a real solid professional who I think could be a massive influence on the group.“There also needs to be more strength in depth and Jermain Defoe would be another fantastic addition.“At this stage in his career he knows he won’t play every game, but he’s in great shape and he has a fantastic attitude and I certainly wouldn’t deny that he would be a great addition to the squad.”
Well done to the Senior team who had another good win on Saturday evening v McCumhaills at Ballybofey on a scoreline of 1-10 to 1-9. The Reserve team were beaten in their fixture. Gaeil Fhánada host St Michaels in Páirc Uí Shiadhail on Saturday evening next , the 17th, matches at 4.45 and 6.15. A good support would be appreciated.The final outdoor training session for U8’s will take place this Friday 16th at 6.30 in Portsalon. It is hoped to move to indoor training in Rosnakill Resource Centre on a fortnightly basis from October, details will be available in Club Notes later.Lotto: No Jackpot winner last week. Numbers drawn: 2, 12, 14, 16 & 18, nonus 12. €100 winner was James McAteer, Ballinacrick, and €50 winner was Lorna McDaid, Ramelton. Next draw for Jackpot of €2550 takes place in the Fanad Lodge this weekend. Finally, Get Well Soon wishes to Senior team member Mark McConigley recuperating from an operation.GAA: FANAD GAELS GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: September 13th, 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:GAA: FANAD GAELS GAA CLUB NOTES
In this video special from across the Pond, some well-known Donegal fans now living Stateside wish Jim McGuinness and the boys all the best for the All-Ireland Final.They might not be there in body, but they sure will be in spirit. SIMPLY CLICK TO PLAY. C’mon Donegal! COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – FANS SEND THEIR GOOD LUCK VIDEO MESSAGES FROM AMERICA was last modified: September 11th, 2012 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:Americadonegalfansvideo messages
Dunfanaghy Golf Club Ladies BranchThe qualifier for the Lady Captain’s Shoot Out and the subsequent Shoot Out took place on Tuesday 15th July.Lady Captain Cheryl took the decision to play this competition ahead of Lady Captain’s week and was rewarded with an excellent turnout (42 players) and lovely playing conditions which resulted in very good scoring. The 18 hole competition was won by Karen McCormick (34) with 42 points while Sandra McGinley (25) came second with 38 points. Karena Brady (12) and Janice Doherty (34) won the first and second nine respectively with 20 points. Barbara Eakin and Rose Gavaghan had 2s.The 8 best nett scores and the 2 best gross scores were invited back in the evening to play in the shoot out.The contestants were: Natalie Cummings, Janice Doherty, Maggie Foy, Rose Gavaghan, Mabel Gillespie, Moira Irwin, Karen McCormick, Sandra McGinley, Deborah Moore and Margaret Witherow.The Shoot Out was competitive yet good natured and on the final tee box, Janice Doherty and Margaret Witherow were left to do battle down the 18th. Congratulations to Janice Doherty, who came out victorious, after a very tense final hole. The Centenary Cup, sponsored by Barbara Eakin, was played on Saturday 19th July. Mary Lafferty (20) triumphed with a nett 67 and a better back nine from June Nelson (24). Mabel Gillespie (24) was third, with a nett 69, while Olivia Moore (13) won the gross with 81. Marsha McKendry (27) and Moira Irwin (17) won the first and second nine respectively with 32.5.Lady Golfers are reminded that Open Week starts this Thursday 24th July with a stableford competition sponsored by Frank and Nora Crumlish. The Gillespie family have sponsored the second of the 18 hole stableford competitions on Tuesday 29th July. There are two 14 hole competitions on Saturday 26th July and Saturday 2nd August, teeing off from 4pm. The first of these competitions is sponsored by donations received by Dunfanaghy ladies branch, the second by member, Pauline Hunter. Thanks to all our sponsors. Tee times for all of these competitions can be booked through the shop (074-9136335).Lady Members are asked to check the notice board in the locker room for details of Lady Captain’s Day on 9th August and put their names up for the draw. GOLF NEWS: MARY LAFFERTY WINS THE CENTENARY CUP AT DUNFANAGHY was last modified: July 23rd, 2014 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:DunfanaghygolfLadies BranchNoticesSport