#JaVotes2016: JLP victory!

first_imgThe Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will be declared winner of the 2016 General Elections after unseating the People’s National Party (PNP) at today’s polls. JLP party leader Andrew Holness arrived at the party’s Belmont Road headquarters a short while ago, where he was greeted by a large and jubilant crowd of party supporters. Holness, who defeated the PNP’s Patrick Roberts to retain his St Andrew West Central seat, will be joined in Parliament by his wife Juliet, who defeated Imani Duncan – Price to secure the St Andrew East Rural constituency. PNP’s deputy general secretary Julian Robinson said: “We have clearly lost a number of seats but the overall picture is very close so we will wait on the final figures.” Asked if the PNP has been taken by surprise, Robinson said, “We knew a number of seats were close but we obviously never expected to lose that many.” “We knew there were some marginals but we expected to win some of the marginals,” he added. The PNP leadership is expected to concede shortly in front of a small, somber crowd at the party’s Old Hope Road headquarters.last_img read more

No arrest in Parika businessman’s killing

first_img2 months laterAn arrest is yet to be made into the robbery/murder of 46-year-old Somdat Ramgobin, the Parika, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) businessman, who was attacked and killed in his home on May 1, 2019.This is according to relatives of the slain man, who are calling for the police to not let up until justice is served. Reports are that several persons have since been questioned, however, all were released and to date, no one has been charged.Ramgobin called “Rakesh” of Parika Backdam was killed at around 21:00h on the night of the incident when two men entered his premises. Guyana Times had previously reported that one of the perpetrators, who was brandishing a gun, inquired from a friend of the now dead man, who was at the property at the time, of the owner’s whereabouts. Reports are that the perpetrators asked for “Rakesh”. After gaining the information, the men placed the friend, identified as Ravi Gonsalves, to lay on the ground. The men then proceeded to call out to Ramgobin, who responded, and was immediately attacked with a glass bottle and beaten to his head and body. The duo then demanded cash and was given some $600,000 by the now dead man. Unsatisfied, the men then demanded jewellery and after being told that there was none, they took Ramgobin to a bedroom in his house where they shot him to his chest. The bandits then quickly made good their escape in a white motorcar which was said to be parked outside. Gonsalves reportedly ran out of the house and sounded an alarm. However, by that time, Ramgobin had already succumbed.last_img read more

More oil found offshore Guyana

first_imgExxon strikes again– discovery equivalent to 500 million barrels of oilExxonMobil Corporation has announced the discovery of additional oil in the Payara reservoir offshore Guyana, increasing the total Payara discovery to approximately 500 million oil-equivalent barrels.According to information released by ExxonMobil on Tuesday, drilling encountered 59 feet of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone in the Payara field. The well was drilled to 19,068 feet (approximately 7000 feet waters) some 12 miles North West of the Liza phase 1 Stabroek Block project. This places the discovery just 130 miles offshore. Guyana Times understands that ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited did the drilling. Exxon stated that with this discovery, the estimated gross recoverable resource in the Stabroek Block has increased to approximately 2.5 billion oil equivalent barrels.The discovery also enhances Guyana’s standing, but it comes at a time when the Government has already agreed to a 50 per cent profit-sharing system and a two per cent royalty agreement. It is an arrangement the Government has defended on the grounds that it received the best advice possible.“Payara-2 confirms the second giant field discovered in Guyana,” Steve Greenlee, President of ExxonMobil Exploration Company, stated. “Payara, Liza and the adjacent satellite discoveries at Snoek and Liza Deep will provide the foundation for world-class oil developments and deliver substantial benefits to Guyana. We are committed to continue to evaluate the full potential of the Stabroek Block.”It was only in June that Exxon was granted its formal production licence. Before that, reviews were done of the technical and environmental aspects of the Liza Project Development Plan submitted by Esso Exploration and Production (Guyana) Ltd in December 2017.The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres. Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is the operator and holds a 45 per cent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd holds a 30 per cent interest, and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds a 25 per cent interest.String of discoveriesDrilling on Payara began on November 12, 2016, with initial total depth reached on December 2, 2016. In January of this year, the oil giant had announced it had struck oil in its Payara-1 well, targeting the same type of reservoirs as the well’s Liza counterpart.Before that, the company had announced that it made its third significant discovery in its drilling explorations offshore Guyana. Its partner, Hess Corporation, had noted that the Liza 3 exploratory well’s net value could be US$6.2 billion based on calculations from the Bank of Montreal (BMO) Capital Markets.In late June 2016, Exxon’s drilling results at Liza 2 revealed more than 58 metres of oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs in Upper Cretaceous formations. The well was drilled to 5475 metres at 1692 metres water depth. Drilling results confirmed recoverable resources to be between 800 million and 1.4 billion barrels of oil equivalent. Data from the Liza 2 well test is being assessed.In May 2015, Exxon confirmed its first significant oil discovery at its Liza 1 exploration well, where more than 295 feet of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs was encountered.Exxon’s oil find in Guyana has attracted international attention, with a number of seminars being held over time. In addition, assistance is being provided by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to boost Guyana’s administrative capacity to handle the expected inflow of revenue.last_img read more

GWI employee stabbed to death

first_imgWhat was described as a friendship, on Friday morning ended deadly, after a Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) employee was stabbed during a row on D’Urban and Chappel Streets, Lodge, Georgetown.The now deceased man, Roger Allen of Lot C D’Urban Street, Georgetown, was reportedly stabbed at least twice to his arm at about 17:00h on Thursday after he went to a minimart in the area to settle an argument between himself and his friend who was employed at the minimart.According to the Police, the suspect, who resides at 214 Freeman Street, East La Penitence, was on duty when Allen went to make a purchase, during which the twoDead: Roger Allenhad an argument.Allen subsequently left the minimart and returned with a knife and a piece of wood around the time the suspect was to leave his workplace and attacked him, causing both men to be injured in the process.The duo were escorted to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where Allen underwent emergency surgery for two stab wounds but succumbed at about 04:00h on Friday morning.The suspect who was treated and discharged is in custody assisting with investigations.The mother of the now dead man, 61-year-old Donna Whyte, of Lot 60 Freeman Street, Georgetown, told <<<>>> that she was informed that her son was involved in a scuffle with the young man and was taken to hospital.According to her, Allen who works with the disconnection crew at GWI, had earlier disconnected his friend’s water, which angered him.“I was told that himself and someone, well he works at water works and he disconnected someone’s water. Probably the guy had that in his mind and then some cigarette problem and that is what triggered the incident,” she said.Investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

Old-timers Hockey returns to FSJ

first_imgThe Old-timers Hockey Challenge returns to Fort St. John on Saturday March 21st. This year, the Legendary Hockey Heroes team is expected to include Hall of Famers Glenn Anderson, Bryan Trottier and Billy Smith, as well as Doug Bodger, Cliff Ronning, Igor Kravchuk, Dave Williams, Gaston Gingras, Dave Ellett, Gary Leeman, Tony Currie, Jimmy Mann, referee Ron Hoggarth, and more. The former NHL stars will take on the Fort St John Emergency Services Hockey Team, at the North Peace Arena.- Advertisement – Tickets are $20 each, or $60 for a family pack of four. They are now available at Ernie’s Sports Experts at the Totem Mall. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket will go to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Fort St John. As an added feature, all fans with an Oldtimer’s Hockey Challenge ticket are invited to bring their skates and participate in the Horse Power World Pool Legends Pre Game Public Skate, with some of the Legends, the day of the game, between 3:00 and 4:00pm. -players are subject to change, see http://oldtimershockey.com/ for more info.Advertisementlast_img read more

Students honor teachers in trek to raise funds

first_img“It’s more realistic,” said Graham. “These students know the teachers. Both of them have been here for many years.” George said walk-a-thon money will be turned over to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, which helps fund breast cancer research and awareness, in the name of Lake Center Middle School, Corbet and Zant. “Everyone will know who we are walking for,” said 12-year-old Yahaira Canizales. “We just wish they were here to see all the work we have done.” araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA FE SPRINGS – Lake Center Middle School was peppered with pink Tuesday, as students donned various shades of the color in support of two teachers – both breast cancer patients. “I know how it feels to lose someone to cancer because my aunt had cancer,” said Celeste Rodriguez, 12. “I want to help people in the future so they don’t have to go through it.” Rodriguez was among more than 1,000 Lake Center middle school students who donated money – and wore pink bandannas, ribbons or clothing – in honor of Carol Corbet and Elaine Zant. Both women, longtime educators at Lake Center, had to step down from their posts this year after being diagnosed with breast cancer. On Tuesday, school officials invited students to participate in a Walk for the Cure event for the teachers. Middle schoolers donated money toward breast cancer research, then did laps around the school’s track, waving signs with the teachers’ names. “This is our way of showing our appreciation to them,” said eighth-grader Samuel Yoo, 13. According to Sandy George, the substitute teacher who coordinated Tuesday’s fundraiser, “Walk for the Cure” not only honors Corbet and Zant, but also brings awareness to breast cancer. “We need the research, we need the money. Everybody that has this disease needs our support,” George said. Seventh-grade teacher Donna Graham said Lake Center students often participate in social justice projects, such as organizing food drives and fundraisers. But “Walk for the Cure” was unique, she added. last_img read more

Pochettino proud of Spurs success

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is eyeing the Champions League for the third straight season © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 17 – Mauricio Pochettino says he is proud that Tottenham have closed the gap on the Premier League’s top clubs as he targets Champions League qualification for a third successive season.Spurs, who face Brighton on Tuesday, are fourth in the table despite a lower financial outlay than their rivals and playing at Wembley while their new ground is built. “In football it’s about this, it is to be clear who you are and then to try to maximise your potential,” said Pochettino, whose side can still finish second in the table behind champions Manchester City.“At Tottenham for us it is to be brave, to believe, to work hard, to work harder than other clubs that the people consider are at our level,” said the Argentine.He said Spurs had made big strides in recent years and were now consistently challenging at the top end of the Premier League table.“Now we are there but I think for me the most important thing is that we are there with a completely different way, or different tools of course, to teams like City or Manchester United,” he said.“You can work unbelievably hard, you can have these ideas on football as a coach or a coaching staff,” added Pochettino, whose side have 67 points, four fewer than Jose Mourinho’s United, in second spot.“But then you need the principal actors to deliver this idea and of course if you have better players, better quality… if you want a bigger house you need to pay what the market says.“In football it’s the same, or you have a spontaneous generation like there was at Barcelona that appeared with Xavi, (Andres) Iniesta, (Lionel) Messi, (Gerard) Pique, (Cesc) Fabregas, (Carles) Puyol. Or like the ’92 generation at Manchester United.“Of course that is not about money, that is a spontaneous generation that makes your team unbelievable.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Health-care deal isn’t perfect, but it’s a good start

first_imgAlthough Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez celebrated their health-care reform deal Monday with much mutual appreciation, it’s a bit early to be claiming victory. The Assembly approved a compromise deal that would make health insurance mandatory, affordable and within reach for virtually everyone in California, funded by an employer payroll tax, a $2 cigarette-tax increase and federal matching funds. But first there’s Don Perata to deal with; the taciturn leader of the state Senate has put the kibosh on more than one agreement between the Assembly and the governor. Perata said he wasn’t going to call the full Senate back in for a vote before the end of the year. Furthermore, he said he isn’t sold on this $14.4billion plan and will have to take a hard look at it in the context of a state budget deficit. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champIf that’s not challenge enough, the deal also requires voter approval on the November 2008 ballot, and it relies on federal funding that may or may not materialize. Also, the use of a cigarette tax is problematic because its reliability declines as more and more people quit smoking. In addition, all of that will be moot if federal courts stick to past precedents and find the legislation faulty because employers would be forced to provide health insurance. In this case, the measure doesn’t require private employers per se to provide health insurance, but it does force them to contribute up to 6.5percent of the payroll to a state fund if they don’t. Still, there is reason to be optimistic. After months of failed negotiations, it seemed that the governor and Legislature might end the year unable to compromise on their competing reform bills. To be sure, it will face serious opposition from insurers, the California Nurses Federation, legislative Republicans and the tobacco industry. They all have legitimate concerns. But the current system is shamefully broken, leaving working families unable to afford basic health care and an uneven burden on those with insurance to pick up the cost of the millions of uninsured. This plan certainly isn’t perfect, but right now, it’s the best California has got. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgMembers of the Loughside Community at last night’s launch.More than 100 people attended the launch of the Loughside Community Annual Plan for 2014 in the Silver Tassie last night.The Loughside area covers townlands from Letterkenny to Ramelton.The Loughside Community alert was set up by Noel Sweeney from Cashelshannaghan in November 2014 in response concerns by local residents after a number of burglaries took place in the local area. The group, which is now an affiliate member of Muintir na Tire, is up and running with a text alert system in operation and a hard working committee in place. The group has also been liaising with the Garda Siochana community officer.Interim Chairperson of the Loughside Community group Noel Sweeney said “We have received great support from the community and now have over 300 numbers on our text alert database”.“The committee has been working extremely hard since November and tonight we are presenting an Action Plan outlining our intentions for the rest of the year”.Noel says, “I have been very impressed with the positive response from the community as a whole”. “All of the committee members have stepped up and taken on shared responsibility for various activities in the action plan”. “Over the year, we will try to address the concerns of the Loughside Community and arrange a number of community events to help generate community spirit in the area”.The planned events include a 5Km fun walk/run, Area Clean up/Coffee Morning, a table quiz night and an end of year party night.The group will also put a funding plan in place, develop guidelines for supporting the vulnerable in the community, apply for personal alarms for older residents and roll out a network of Loughside Community Text Alerts signs throughout the Loughside.The Loughside area was divided into fifteen Townland Areas (TAs) and at least two TA coordinators were appointed for each Townland Area.The coordinators have been busy recruiting residents into the scheme and informing the community about the text alert scheme. Local technology company SENDMODE, based in the CoLAB at the LYIT, set up a text alert scheme for the group and sponsored the first 5,000 text messages. LOUGHSIDE COMMUNITY UNVEILS ITS ANNUAL PLAN was last modified: March 25th, 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:donegallaunchLoughside Community PlanNoel Sweeneytext alertlast_img read more


first_imgShown at the presentation of a cheque for €2,500 by Marian Harkin MEP to the Donegal Carers Association are (back row, from left) Shirley McBrearty, Pat Devenney, Rosemary Scott, Irene Cartnell, Charlie Doherty, Tricia O’Donnell, Sarah Parke; (front row, from left) Mary O’Kane, Teresa Laverty, Matilda Corrscadden, Marian Harkin MEP, and Ann Kavanagh.Marian Harkin MEP has presented a cheque for €2,500 to Donegal Carers Association to help provide support to family carers in Donegal.The Donegal group is the latest representative body for carers to benefit from a financial support programme for carers which is being implemented by Independent MEP Harkin.“We’d like to thank Marian not only for this extraordinarily generous gesture but also for her continued support for family carers over many years,” Ann Kavanagh, Chairperson of the Donegal Carers Association, said at the cheque presentation event, which took place during a recent respite weekend in Sligo for Donegal carers. “Marian’s support for carers has been both in Ireland and at European level, and in particular through her work as a co-founder and leading figure in the interest group on family carers in the European Parliament.”Speaking at the event, MEP Harkin acknowledged the work of family carers in our society and thanked them for their huge contribution.She explained that, although in the past she has gifted her Oireachtas pension back to the State, she has now decided to give this money to a worthy cause — that of family carers.MEP Harkin also brings a group of family carers from her constituency to the European Parliament each year, which further highlights her strong support for family carers.  MEP DONATES €2,500 TO DONEGAL CARERS was last modified: October 13th, 2015 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:donationDonegal Carersmarian harkin meplast_img read more