TIGI column on oil block investigation misleading

first_imgDear Editor,The two recent columns produced by TIGI and published in the Stabroek News have featured attention-grabbing headlines; but after unpacking the lengthy sections of legal jargon and quotations, I still struggle to see any clear-cut case of illegal activity being made.I would be the first to admit that I have no legal training, meaning that TIGI’s columns make for some very thick reading; but I believe I can distill everything down to two points, in layman’s terms 1): The then minister responsible for petroleum does not have proper “discretion” to grant blocks the size of the Stabroek, except under “special circumstances”; and 2): the “special circumstances” the Government has used to defend the award do not meet that definition.If this is an accurate summary of the argument, and I believe it is, then I have to confess that I do not see TIGI’s legal case. Everything seems predicated on an opinion or judgment call, rather than on clear-cut legal wrongdoing.Take the argument concerning “discretion.” TIGI cites lengthy statements from legal scholars, yet nothing I have read clearly shows that any violation of that discretion occurred. The problem is that it’s all about how you interpret the language, specifically the “special circumstances” provision, which seemingly allows for a broad range of undefined discretionary activities.The most recent column illustrates this clearly. TIGI included various quotes given in different contexts. All of these statements essentially say the same thing: “discretionary doesn’t actually mean discretionary.” ‘He said’, ‘she said’ is dangerous ground for legal arguments, though.TIGI’s contention that the security situation regarding Venezuela did not, and does not, constitute a “special circumstance” is susceptible to the same problem.Ultimately, the letter of the law allows the minister to make that decision. TIGI may have an opinion on the status of Guyana’s national security at any given time, but its opinion alone does not determine what is legal or illegal.The question I cannot stop asking myself is: If TIGI is confident that it has an airtight legal case, why isn’t that body making the case in court? It’s fine to publish the columns and state opinions, but why isn’t TIGI moving to bring any legal case? Is it perhaps because there is no case to bring?TIGI is meant to be a transparency watchdog. It is tasked with sniffing out corruption and seeking greater openness in governance. Its columns in the Stabroek News to date seem to veer away from encouraging greater transparency and towards an agenda focused on political and legal advocacy. That’s fine, but TIGI should be clear with the public that it’s now pushing an agenda, and not simply calling for greater transparency.Sincerely,Donald Singhlast_img read more

Let’s Hope, Pray and Work to Prove Her Wrong

first_imgThe eminent American journalist, Laurie Garrett, who in 1996 won the Pulitzer Prize for her coverage of the Ebola outbreak in Zaire, has given us an alarming warning.In an interview last Saturday with National Public Radio (NPR), based in Washington, D.C., she described as “very late”  America’s intervention in the Ebola crisis that is currently ravishing West Africa.Ms. Garrett prepared for her interview by first meeting with the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington and came away with the distinct impression that by the time “the fastest mobilizing operation I know of tells me that . . . it’s going to take 50 to 100 days to mobilize the different elements that they’ve promised to commit. We are so far behind the virus and I’m quite fearful that we won’t catch up.”Ms. Garrett was even more emphatic . . . and scared.  Said she, “If we conservatively say these three countries have a cumulative 15,000 cases and you say, as it was announced, it’s doubling every 15 to 21 days: so that means by the end of September it would be 30,000; by end ofOctober, 120,000 and by the time we all gather around our Christmas trees, it would be over 400,000.”When the virus first broke out in Zaire in 1976, she said, it was confined to “isolated rural areas;” but the outbreak in the Mano River basin quickly spread to the densely populated capital cities of the three most affected countries–Conakry, Guinea, Monrovia, Liberia and Freetown, Sierra Leone.The prospect of 400,000 cases by Christmas is worrisome.  If   her estimated figures are correct, we can, with trepidation ask ourselves how many of this number will survive and how many will perish?But before getting there–and we earnestly pray to God that we will not–all of us in these three besieged countries must work diligently, conscientiously and with all our might to contain (restrain) the spread of this virus, so that it does not exceed 100,000 in all the three countries.How shall we accomplish this?  First, we must intensify the awareness and sensitization initiatives, so that people know and believe that this virus is not a joke, that it is killing people in the hundreds and thousands.  That is why it was so disheartening to have learned on Tuesday morning that Guinean youth attacked and stoned to death several  young people who had gone into the villages of that country to promote Ebola  awareness.  What will it take to cause our people to come to grips with the terrible Ebola reality?Despite the dangers, we cannot give up the battle of sensitization.The three nations should use every means available–especially radio, which is still the most effective communication tool in most places, to get the message across that Ebola is real and it kills.  We must also use the cell phone, probably the next most effective communication tool. Every phone call must be answered first with the message: “Ebola is real and it kills;” then go on to give phone numbers and places where people can receive emergency testing,  once they suspect a symptom in themselves or somebody they know.These messages should be in all the major languages in each country and locality.  In Liberia’s Nimba County, for example, the messages should be in Gio or Mano; in Bong County, Kpelle or Mandingo; in Sinoe, Kru; in Maryland and River Gee, Grebo; and in Montserrado, simple English or  Kpelle.TV should be used and posters placarded everywhere.The three countries should be saturated (flooded) with buckets, chlorine, Clorox for hand washing.  Medical, nursing and paramedical personnel, including body removers, should be provided with personal protective equipment (PPE).  Bodies should be either cremated or buried in safe environments far away from sources of daily water supply.All of us, especially the 3,000-strong military contingent dispatched by United States President Barrack Obama,  could ensure the provision of the buckets and detergents and provide the financial and other logistical resources for the sensitization.That is in addition to the troops’ other important functions of building clinics and hospitals to ensure that affected people are speedily admitted and cared for, and that the Ebola dead are swiftly and efficiently buried.With these and other measures, and all of us in our three countries fervently cooperating, we can defeat this virus even before Christmas.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Barista is tasters’ top choice

first_imgHer signature drink, Espresso tre la Novela, was a complex mix that captured the judges’ taste buds. Her concoction included hot milk mixed with orange and lemon zest, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla bean. After straining, the mixture goes into a whipped cream charger, and egg yolk and brown sugar is added. Then the espresso is poured over it. Perry grew up working at her parents’ San Dimas coffee house, Coffee Klatch. Her job there as a coffee slinger helped support her as she earned a bachelor’s degree in international business marketing from Cal Poly Pomona. Perry defeated last year’s national champion Matthew Riddle, who placed third in the 2006 world championships. Riddle finished this year behind second-place winner Pete Licata with PT’s Coffee Co. in Overland Park, Kan. The Specialty Coffee Association, which is based in Long Beach, holds the exhibition and contest at various locations throughout the United States every year. The event draws nearly 10,000 people and about 500 exhibitors, said Mike Furgeson, association spokesman. Sellers of coffee beans, espresso makers, coffee makers, grinders, packaging and packaging machines and roasters filled the convention center amid the pervasive aroma of fresh brewed java. don.jergler@presstelegram.com (562) 499-1281160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONG BEACH – Even though she’s only 24, Heather Perry is ready to retire. The San Dimas resident can add “nation’s best barista” to her resume after winning the U.S. Barista Championship on Monday. The event capped the four-day caffeinated competition at the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s 19th Annual Conference & Exhibition at the Long Beach Convention Center, which drew an estimated 10,000 people. Perry will head to Japan this summer, $1,000 richer, to compete for the title of world’s best at World Barista Championship in Tokyo from July 31 to Aug. 2. “I’m retiring,” a weeping Perry said moments after her victory. “The world, and then I’m done.” Competitors prepared and served 12 coffee drinks – four espressos, four cappuccinos and four original signature drinks – all in 15 minutes. Judges focused on station cleanliness, taste, beverage presentation, technical skill and total impression. Forty-eight competitors nationwide vied for the title. Perry was the lone woman facing off with five men in the finals. Her competition included the country’s best baristas, former U.S. champions and a barista who placed third last year in the world championships. It was Perry’s second national title. She won the competition in 2003. last_img read more

Derby to launch £2.5m bid for Brighton midfielder Dale Stephens

first_imgDerby are set to launch a £2.5million move for Brighton’s Dale Stephens.Rams boss Paul Clement is desperate to land a new central midfielder after seeing Will Hughes, Jeff Hendrick, Jamie Hanson and Craig Bryson struck down by injury.Huddersfield Town’s Jacob Butterfield had been on his radar but his £5m price tag is believed to have scared County off.And Derby are now understood to have turned their attention to Stephens.The 25-year-old moved to the Amex Stadium in 2014 from Charlton, after helping the Addicks win promotion from League One.He missed a large chunk of last season through injury but has impressed since his return and has played in all three of Brighton’s Championship games this season.Stephens has helped the Seagulls enjoy an unbeaten start to the campaign and is seen as a key part of Chris Hughton’s squad.But the Bolton-born midfielder is understood to be eager to be closer to his family up north and could be tempted by a switch to Derby. Dale Stephens 1last_img read more

When the going gets rough, heroes come out in droves

first_img What started as a common cold developed into severe breathing problems exacerbated by heart and kidney problems. It took the full three weeks to find a way to control it. The cliche of never appreciating your health until it goes bad is all too true – as is a new appreciation for those who perform jobs and duties often overlooked and underappreciated. Paramedics and firefighters who respond to 911 calls are true heroes, and so are the doctors, nurses, technicians, orderlies and others who put in the 12- to 14-hour days in emergency rooms and hospital wards. What is particularly striking is their commitment to their jobs and their patients. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 “Shots rang out and there I was in the middle of the biggest story of my career …” “In the heart of the lush tropical paradise, an evil power lurked …” “As we crouched in the darkness, the terrorists suddenly …” All of those adventures would have been a lot safer for me than the past three weeks as I wrestled with complications from diabetes. center_img An ordeal like the past three weeks also makes you appreciate family and friends, who never fail in a crisis to offer support and encouragement. To them, a simple thanks does not seem enough. Speaking of diabetes, the annual Los Angeles Political Roast held last week raised money for research into the disease, with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa the target of barbs at the Century Plaza Hotel gala. More than $600,000 was raised at the event, which was started by lobbyist Arnie Berghoff after his daughter, Laura, was stricken with the disease. To date, the roast has raised more than $3 million for diabetes research. And in the process, for at least one night a year, Berghoff and fellow lobbyist Harvey Englander improve the tarnished image of lobbyists and use their considerable skills for a good cause. Villaraigosa and those doing the roasting all came in for sharp barbs – most of which cannot be repeated in a family newspaper. The mayor was kidded on everything from his desire to take over the school system and his ability to speak Spanish to his love of the television camera. Two of those at the roast were schools Superintendent Roy Romer and Board President Marlene Canter, both of whom left before much of the LAUSD bashing occurred. Villaraigosa was said to take it all well – to a point. During his chance to respond, he noted: “Remember, I’ve got a long memory.” Being gone for such an extended period, it is also somewhat comforting to note that some things never change. Take the Animal Defense League, for example. The group, which has targeted the last four general managers of the Animal Services Department, is already at war with the city’s newest dog catcher, Ed Boks. Boks, for his part, said he wants nothing to do with the group. “I don’t think we can do anything to keep them happy,” Boks said. “I offered to open all our books, all our facilities to them and they never bothered to come by.” The ADL, in its own e-mail missive, disputes that, saying Boks cancelled a planned meeting and they are not going to wait to voice their opposition to him. “We are giving Boks a chance,” the ADL said. “But, forewarned is forearmed. We would have been thrilled to move on to another arena here. … if Boks had come to L.A. and behaved like an ethical, bright and committed general manager.” Boks defended his past and what he hopes to do in Los Angeles – with or without the ADL. Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman came poaching for business last week, setting up a bus in downtown Los Angeles to try to convince firms to move to his city – where land is cheap and there are no state taxes. Needless to say, it didn’t sit well with Villaraigosa. “Things must not be as good as they say in Vegas if he wants to steal our businesses,” Villaraigosa said. “We don’t mind sharing our tourists with them, after they’re done visiting here.” Mayoral spokesman Joe Ramallo was more blunt: “I thought what happened in Vegas was supposed to stay in Vegas.” And, catching up on a political note, Villaraigosa was on a recent lobbying trip to Sacramento where he and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom held a news conference with Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuez, D-Los Angeles. “Here comes the three Democratic candidates for governor in 2010,” one reporter noted at the start of the event. Everyone laughed. And no one denied it. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390rick.orlov@dailynews.com 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

Juventus release strong statement in support of Cristiano Ronaldo

first_img REVEALED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade huge blow Juventus have backed Ronaldo REPLY Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions MONEY ADVICE In a statement on Twitter, the Turin club said: “Ronaldo has shown in recent months his great professionalism and dedication, which is appreciated by everyone at Juventus.“The events allegedly dating back to almost 10 years ago do not change this opinion, which is shared by anyone who has come into contact with this great champion.”On Wednesday, the 33-year-old issued a strong denial over allegations he sexually assaulted a woman in the United States in 2009.Santos, quoted on the website of Portuguese sports newspaper O Jogo, said: “I personally always support my players and here it is not even a question of solidarity, I believe what the player said publicly, he considers (rape) an abject act and clearly reaffirms that he is innocent of what he is being accused of.“There was a conversation with the player, the president of the federation (Fernando Gomes) and I. We agreed that the player would not be in these two call-ups, this and the next one in November.”He added on the national team’s Twitter feed: “In the future, nothing prevents Cristiano from giving his contribution to the national team.” silverware Latest Football News no dice BEST OF center_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED 1 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo is being sued by a woman in the US, who claims he assaulted her in the penthouse suite of a Las Vegas hotel.She also alleges the former Manchester United player dispatched a team of “fixers” to obstruct the criminal investigation and trick her into keeping quiet for 375,000 US dollars (£268,000).Ronaldo has firmly denied the allegations, saying it “goes against everything that I am and believe in”.Sportswear company Nike, one of Ronaldo’s main sponsors, said in a statement to the Press Association that it is “deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations” and “will continue to closely monitor the situation.”Speaking to reporters in Nevada on Wednesday, lawyer Leslie Stovall said the woman suffers depression and post-traumatic stress linked to the alleged incident, but was encouraged to launch legal action after seeing others do the same as part of the #MeToo movement.Portugal will play Poland in the Nations League before a friendly against Scotland in Glasgow on October 14.Among Portugal’s forwards for the international double-header are Eder, who scored the winner in the Euro 2016 final against France, and Wolves’ Helder Costa who receives a first senior call-up.“Eder was always being observed and this time we felt he should be called up,” Santos added.“The players are very motivated to play these matches for the national team.“Right now we are in a positive position in the Nations League and with victory we will take an important step.”“The events allegedly dating back to almost 10 years ago do not change this opinion, which is shared by anyone who has come into contact with this great champions.” England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Cristiano Ronaldo has been supported by club and country in the wake of a rape allegation made against him.On the same day Portugal coach Fernando Santos said an agreement had been reached for the 154-cap forward to not return to international football until 2019, Juventus also reached out to their summer signing with a strong statement backing him.last_img read more


first_imgThere’s a lot of people out there who like Rose McGettigan’s buns!In fact, there are at least 450 of them.That’s how many cupcakes Rose sold for charity in just one lunchtime last week. Rose raised a superb €1,030 for the Irish Heart Foundation when she sold her cupcakes at the Department of Social Protection in Letterkenny where she works.“I never want to see a cupcake again,” said Rose when asked about her super charity cake bake.Rose, along with her family and friends, pitched in and baked the cupcakes while her colleagues kindly sponsored the ingredients.And Highland Bakery sponsored the plastic cases in which they were transported. Rose’s colleagues all paid tribute to her selfless bake-off and proved that you can have your cakes and eat them!  ROSE HAS HER CAKES (450 OF THEM!) AND THE STAFF EAT THEM! was last modified: February 22nd, 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:cupcakesRose McGettiganlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertorialKellys Mountain Top has gone from Strength to Strength in the last year since taking over at the high profile site on the N56 or locally referred by the locals as Carnamuggagh.The store & restaurant at Mountain Top, Letterkenny has seen a fresh new way of thinking on how to do business. Mairtin understands how every cent counts nowadays and he set about ensuring that his customers would get the best value around whenever they visit his business at the Mountain Top.The ex Centra Regional Manager allocated a 30% increase in space given to special offers in the store and they widened the special offer range to include great fresh food offers daily to help mum make a family meal on a budget.If its a lunch deal at the deli or something for your evening tea you will get it all at Kellys too.“Customers are loving these offers as it really helps Budget their Shopping Bill in these tough times and keep more money in their pockets” Mairtin tells us. The Restaurant has seen huge changes too in the first year, having already had a makeover in design it now has a roaring lunch time trade from the local businesses and the passing commuter not too mention the very loyal local customers, “lately we are getting customers just looking to get out of the office and clear their head”!The success of the restaurant can be explained by the great tasting lunch time offers that are changed every day to keep the customer taste buds excited and the service is excellent so there is no waiting about.The Party business has also seen huge interest and with Kellys now running an out door Catering business and Kids Birthday Club to compliment their growing party/function business every budget can be catered for, not too mention the vast number of charity events that has been hosted at the venue in 2012.When you add all of the above to a new range of homemade desserts, home made breads and scones you can see why the restaurant could call itself the no.1 for the best value restaurant in town.We must not forget the Big Offer that everyone who has eaten at Kellys recently are talking about its the Saturday Night 10OZ Steak special, now in place for over a year customers love it and its not hard to see why, its nearly impossible to get a seat on a Saturday night “so if your interested book early!! With the long evenings closing in Mairtin and his team thought how they could offer their customers a service that cost very little and stay in tune with customers needs.“It would have to help budget their shopping bill, allow people a treat without costing the moon and the stars?Eureka – Pizza Home Delivery! Everyone loves pizza and even more so when its at a great price not too mention delivered to your door for FREE and if you want ice cream with that its no problem, minerals or crisp no sweat, and maybe a sweet treat like a bar of chocolate for the movie – well you got it!The guys nationally at Centra have been developing a freshly cooked pizza model now since 2010 and has had great success in giving customers an excellent product having already sold 2 million cooked pizzas in Ireland -so its clear their customers love their Pizza! The ingredients and bases that Kellys Centra use are supplied by the same ingredient supplier who supplies some of the the major pizza chains in Ireland.Kellys Centra uses a Pizza Oven that the major Pizza chain use to cook their pizza, so whats the difference? “its Simple the Price and the Great Service”!With Kellys Centra you can order your pizza, ice cream and minerals along with all the sides you are used too, they have excellent value Meal deals which start at only €7 for 1 person so ideal for that Single Guy or Girl or a Family Meal Deal at €19.99 and have delivered straight to your door in their Funky Baby Jeep so even the snow won’t seperate you from your pizza night.But what is hugely different and very appealing to people with busy lifestyles is that you can add, a phone credit top up, bottle of wine, beer (t&cs apply) or whatever you need “simply put you can order everything you need for a great night in from your armchair at Prices that will not be beat” Check instore for details or click on to kellyscentra.ieSo do not over pay for your home-delivery pizza !!!Kellys deliver great tasting, excellent value pizza and with everything you need for that Great Night In why Ring anywhere else- all you have to remember is YOU RING WE BRING! 0862162052/9103965A YEAR ON – HOW KELLYS HAS BECOME A FOCAL POINT FOR THE COMMUNITY was last modified: October 29th, 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:delivery serviceKellysMairtin KellyMountain Toptakeaway pizzalast_img read more

Gridlock concern as major Letterkenny road artery to close for three weeks

first_imgLetterkenny is to experience traffic gridlock with the planned three-week closure of a major road artery in the middle of the town.The closure of the New Line Road and High Road in September will take place as part of an upgrade to the local sewerage scheme.Irish Water in Partnership with Donegal County Council will commence the works on Monday, September 3rd. The work will be carried out by Cleantech Group and the overall work is estimated to take approximately 18 months to complete.CEO of Letterkenny Chamber, Toni Forrester said they had a meeting with Irish Water to discuss the project and were left “shocked” by the closure of the road.“We learnt yesterday that the plan is to have a full closure of High Road from Newline Road to Crossview House starting on 3rd September for 3 weeks. (Pedestrian access will be maintained).“As you might imagine we were shocked and concerned that we were only being notified now and that the businesses affected directly had only received letters yesterday. “At the meeting we outlined all the issues that we had with this and that the Chamber and the businesses should have been consulted much earlier than this.“Since the meeting Donegal County Council/Irish Water have come back to us to say they have agreed that a review of the options for completion of the works at this location will be undertaken in order minimise the level of disruption to public, business and community stakeholders.“Since the meeting the contractor has agreed to work a 7 day week rather than 5 in the hope that they will get finished quicker.“We have also asked them to keep us appraised of the traffic management plan, the communication that they intend to use to alert the public to the works and very importantly for the duration of the full project to keep us informed of their detailed plans.“It is intended that we will now have regular contact with the Contractor’s representative and Irish Water.” Gridlock concern as major Letterkenny road artery to close for three weeks was last modified: August 21st, 2018 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:blockedcloseddonegalletterkennyLetterkenny Chamberroadseweragelast_img read more

Warriors HQ Podcast Ep. 6 – Will Stephen Curry return to take on the Toronto Raptors?

first_imgWith Stephen Curry and Draymond Green recovering from injuries, Warriors Coach Steve Kerr credits Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson for stepping up to help the team shake off a four game losing streak with three wins against the Portland Trailblazers, Sacramento Kings and Orlando Magic.Jordan Bell and Damian Jones also unleashed their aggression early in games against Portland and Sacramento. Kerr appreciated how Jones’ anger served the team’s win against the Kings and told reporters Bell …last_img