Bank of Montreal advises Guyana on oil, gas industry

first_imgThe Bank of Montreal is the latest international organisation to provide assistance for the development of Guyana’s oil and gas industry. The Bank delivered a presentation on the possible financial impacts of the promising industry to members of the subcommittee on oil and gas and stakeholder Ministers on Wednesday at the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown. According to Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, the Bank of Montreal had reached out to Guyana because, “Guyana’s find of oil is considered one of the best in the world right now.”“The Bank of Montreal had reached out to Guyana about two months ago asking to be able to give a presentation on the financial side of the oil and gas industry, the ups and downs of the market, financial services that are available,” Trotman said.This year, ExxonMobil’s Liza-2 offshore exploration found high propensity sandstone reservoirs that could produce more than 1.4 billion barrels of recoverable high quality oil. It is estimated that within the next five to seven years Guyana could begin producing this oil. Since the discovery, several other organisations and countries, including the US and Norway have offered their assistance to Guyana towards the development of an effective oil and gas industry.Trotman, who has oversight responsibility for the natural resources sector, said a number of initiatives will be unfolding. “Next month we’re going to be having a workshop on the financial part of it and so developments are taking place, we are working in finalising legislation and honing our efforts,” the Minister said.According to Trotman, the Government is also working to ensure that when the industry comes on board, it honours its social responsibility. “The Ministry is also developing a corporate social responsibility programme which will look at leadership and mentoring for youth so that the idea is to prepare and present a next generation of leaders for Guyana,” Minister Trotman said.Guyana has been receiving sustained international attention from huge companies, especially in the oil sector. The US Geological Survey said in 2000 that the Guyana-Suriname Basin has the second largest unexplored oil potential in the world after Greenland. Guyana first struck oil in the 1980s in the Takutu Basin and there is much optimism that oil will be found in commercial quantities. ExxonMobil has joined other investors such as CGX Energy, Repsol, Anadarko Guyana Co, and Nabi Oil and Gas in exploring oil in Guyana’s offshore Atlantic basin.last_img read more

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Linden seniors honoured for their service and contributions

first_imgIn honour of their years of service and positive contributions to their town and their nation, scores of Linden senior citizens were feted for the Christmas season by various Ministers of Government.The grand luncheon and Christmas programme was hosted by former People’s National Congress Reform Leader Robert Corbin, his immediate family and siblings (all of Linden), as a means of giving back, and in memory of their parents.The annual event, which has been hosted for 20 years, is supported by Ministers of Government. This year, Social Protection Minister Amna Ally presented hampers to all the seniors.Bringing greetings of good cheer were Social Protection Minister Amna Ally; Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence; Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan; Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton; and Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Ferguson. Present also was Member of Parliament Jermaine Figueira, Linden Mayor Waneka Arrindell and Regional Chairman Renis Morian.In brief remarks, Corbin said it is with compassion and humility that the event continues to be hosted as a means of giving back. As he reflected on those who have passed on, including his parents, he commended the seniors for caring themselves in order to see another year drawing to a close.Corbin then asked them to pray for President David Granger, who is recovering from medical treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.Minister Amna Ally reaffirmed that this Government is committed to its senior citizens and value their contributions. This, she said, is reflected in the progressive increase in old age pensions since 2015.“I want to take the opportunity to thank all of you for the contributions you have made throughout the years, and I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.”Social Cohesion Minster, Dr George Norton assisting on SundayMinister Lawrence, in bringing holiday greetings to the seniors, said this Christmas is even more special, knowing that in the New Year the seniors will be taking home a little more.“I just want to thank you for the opportunity you have given to me to serve you. It has been a wonderful three years and we all endeavour to have many more years so that we can continue to support each other and build this beautiful country of ours and the reason we can do it is because of you, who ran the race before and you have set us a very firm foundation to work with,” she said.Minister Ronald Bulkan and Minister George Norton also brought greetings of cheer and longevity as they wished the seniors a prosperous 2019. They also thanked the Corbin family for continuing to give back to seniors in this regard.The seniors then enjoyed a sumptuous three-course meal, festive music, good laughter and a short cultural programme before heading home with their gifts and hampers.last_img read more

Seed paddy from GRDB not germinating – Region 2 farmers

first_imgEssequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) rice farmers are worried that they are in more financial trouble as hundreds of acres of seed paddy from the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) are not germinating.This was revealed on Wednesday during a site visit by Regional Chairman Davanand Ramdatt and the media where farmers complained that hundreds of acres of rice fields along the Essequibo Coast, sown with the GRDB 10 seed paddy are not germinating. The farmers said those who sowed the GRDB 10 have started replanting their fields using different varieties of seedlings, which is an additional cost to them. According to several farmers who were present during the site visit, the entire Region Two rice industry is in trouble since farmers are not being treated equally and millers are taking advantage of their situation.One farmer complained that millers in some cases are holding on the payments for very long periods without considering any interest.Farmers also complained that they are losing confidence in the GRDB, noting that that the field officers are not doing their jobs by visiting the farmers and monitoring the industry. According to farmers, since the new Government took office and removed the subvention from Rice Producers Association (RPA), the GRDB is the only body left to monitor the rice industry and give technical support.During the last crop, over 1000 acres of paddy was set on fire due to blast and paddy bugs cauing some farmers to lose the entire crop.Region Two is an agricultural area and residents are heavily depended on the rice industry for survival. Ramdatt during the visit said the Government must stop playing politics and seriously look into the industry before it’s too late.last_img read more


first_imgDrive InOn Sunday 5th in excellent weather conditions the Captains of Portsaklon Golf Club D P Logue & Noreen Mc Conigley held the traditional drive in event. The event was a team scramble which attracted a large turnout. The overall winning team consisted off Vice Captains, Deirdre Hensey and Joe Harkin with match play winner John Strain and head greenkeeper John Shields. Portsalon ResultsThe winner of the Saturday open played on 11th was Phelim Feely (14) Letterkenny 36 points Runner UP: Eugene Gallagher (19) Portsalon 35 points BOTGross: Johnny Shields (4) Portsalon 29 points Third: Joe Logan (17) Poprtsalon 35 points The CSS was 33 points On Sunday the winner of the members competition was Seamus Patton (5) 39 points BOT , runner up Bernard Nash (17) 39 points, Gross Eamon mc Dermott (3) 33 points 3rd Eunan Mc Glynn (13) 37 points. The CSS was 37 points EventsOn Saturday 18th there is a gents open competition, please note the first tee is reserved from 9.55 to 11.30 for the Gaeltacht League and Sunday 19th a members competition. On Wednesday 22nd a gents open competition. A time sheet is in operation for all competitions at Portsalon Golf Club, contact 074 91 59459 for your tee time or go online at www.portsalongolfclub.comGaeltacht LeagueThe Gaeltacht League team travelled to Dunfanaghy on Saturday 5th last, however due to the adverse weather conditions which prevailed the match had to be abandoned after a few holes, a new date has not yet been confirmed. The match against Cloughaneeley was also cancelled due to the weather conditions. Portsalon will welcome Rosapenna Golf Club to the Banks on Saturday 18th February with the first tee reserved from 9.55 a.m to 11.30 a.m. .NewsletterThe first edition of the Portsalon Golf Clubs newsletter has been issued and the newsletter can be accessed through the Portsalon webb page at If you have any articles of interest please forward to the editor for inclusion in the next editionJunior Golf Portsalon Golf Club will embark on a drive to attract junior golfers to Portsalon Golf Club. The process commences on 21st with the ladies brance holding a girls Junior Golf day at Portsalon. All interested should contact the ladies council for further informationSubscriptionsThe council wish to remind all members that their fees for the 2012 golfing year are now due. An early payment would be appreciated.Change to Drop Off arrangements Members and visitors should note that you must drop off the fairways 2,7 and 9 at the nearest point of relief as this has now been designated ground under repair. Under a local rule all golf balls in the areas identified must be lifted and dropped without penalty. It is no longer permitted to use the putter inside the areas identified.All members are kindly asked to keep all pull trolleys, electric trolleys and drive buggies outside the lines surrounding the putting greens. This is try to protect the main playing surfaces as much as possible over the next few weeks..PlacingAll members and visitors should note that six inch placing on all fairways only is in operation at Portsalon Golf Club.On Line BookingMembers and visitors to Portsalon Golf Club should note that on line booking is now available for all competitions at Portsalon at the flick of a button go to portsalongolfclub.comDivot BagsMembers and visitors please note that divot bags are now available on entry to the first tee box. Please ensure that you pick up a bag and assist with the course maintenancePORTSALON GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: February 16th, 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:Portsalon Golf Club Noteslast_img read more


first_imgJunior A Football Championship29-Jul-2012 Naomh Padraig Leifear0 – 82 – 8MilfordJunior B Football Championship29-Jul-2012 Naomh Padraig-Muff1 – 73 – 10Naomh ConaillU21 A Football Championship29-Jul-2012 Fourmasters1 – 50 – 4Naomh MhuireMarley Coach Hire Division 528-Jul-2012 Naomh Columba0 – 83 – 6MacCumhaillsCentra Supermarkets Division 328-Jul-2012 Burt0 – 90 – 8Naomh Columba28-Jul-2012 Downings3 – 62 – 9UrrisCentra Supermarkets Division 3 Reserve28-Jul-2012 Naomh Naille2 – 40 – 15Aodh RuadhMarley Coach Hire Division 528-Jul-2012 Ardara0 – 81 – 10GlenfinCentra Supermarkets Division 3 Reserve28-Jul-2012 Burt0 – 60 – 7Naomh Columba28-Jul-2012 Downings0 – 71 – 7UrrisCentra Supermarkets Division 328-Jul-2012 Naomh Naille1 – 120 – 4Aodh RuadhMcGlynn’s Restaurant Castlefin Division 2 Reserve 28-Jul-2012 Fanad Gaels0 – 61 – 6MalinMcGlynn’s Restaurant Castlefin Division 228-Jul-2012 Fanad Gaels0 – 101 – 9Malin27-Jul-2012 Na Cealla Beaga1 – 91 – 3Naomh BridSenior Hurling Championship 201225-Jul-2012 St Eunans3 – 71 – 12Sean MacCumhaillsUnder 21 B Football Championship 201224-Jul-2012 Robert Emmets4 – 51 – 16Naomh Padraig LeifearU21 A Football Championship24-Jul-2012 St Michaels3 – 170 – 2GlenfinUnder 21 B Football Championship 201224-Jul-2012 Moville1 – 53 – 13Buncrana24-Jul-2012 Naomh Brid1 – 111 – 7BurtU21 A Football Championship24-Jul-2012 Letterkenny Gaels4 – 71 – 9Glenswilly24-Jul-2012 Malin1 – 101 – 12CloughaneelyUnder 21 B Football Championship 201224-Jul-2012 An Tearmain0 – 71 – 11Carndonagh24-Jul-2012 Naomh Colmcille3 –  133 –   10Aodh RuadhU21 A Football Championship24-Jul-2012 Milford0 – 202 – 11DungloeGAA: ALL THE COUNTY RESULTS was last modified: July 29th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgBoth Donegal Sinn Fein Deputies have said they will not pay the €100 household charge.TDS Pearse Doherty and Padraig MacLochlainn said they have taken the decision after discussions with their families.“I don’t believe the Government should have brought this in. They have had options but they have refused to listen,” said Pearse Doherty. Independent TD Thomas Pringle was one of the first Dail representatives to declare he will not pay the charge.There are now more than 12 TDs who have said they will not pay the charge which is due to come into law next year. DONEGAL SINN FEIN TDS ALSO NOW REFUSE TO PAY €100 HOUSEHOLD CHARGE was last modified: December 16th, 2011 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)last_img read more


first_imgThe John Downey Defence Fund has welcomed the support they received from the people of Donegal after a fundraising dance at the weekend.The committee which was established to raise finances to fight John’s legal battle and support his family to visit him, described the support as ‘overwhelming’.A committee spokesperson said: “The John Downey Defence Fund Committee would like to thank everyone who attended the dance on Saturday or contributed in anyway to our campaign. The support from the people of Donegal was overwhelming.  “It will be extremely heartening for John to hear that he has such huge support from the community that he loves, and that politicians from all over Ireland have publicly supported the campaign for his release. “The people of Donegal have said clearly that John’s arrest was wrong. This committee will now continue to campaign until this injustice has been corrected and John is allowed return home to his family.”  COMMITTEE ‘OVERWHELMED’ BY SUPPORT FOR JOHN DOWNEY was last modified: June 19th, 2013 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:COMMITTEE ‘OVERWHELMED’ BY SUPPORT FOR JOHN DOWNEYlast_img read more


first_imgIt’s time to Believe againMOST people thought last year was just a blip for Donegal – a post-All-Ireland hangover which would soon wear off.A new year, some new faces, a new training regime and a new back room team and Jim McGuinness is daring to take Donegal to a new 2014 glory.And there could be no better stage than today, in Clones, against the side which de-throned Donegal as Ulster Champions a year ago. No better stage as the county goes for a double – Declan Bonner’s young charges heading into an Ulster Minor Final (2pm).There has been a lot of hot air in the past few days; one reporter compared Jim McGuinness to Sir Matt Busby!!! Another said Monaghan were red-hot favourites to wipe out Donegal today.But there will only be cool heads in the Donegal camp as Jim McGuinness prepares his side for today’s encounter and another tilt at bringing the Anglo-Celt back over the bridge in Pettigo tonight.Captain Michael Murphy says he hasn’t gotten over defeat to Monaghan last year. “You never do, but you do learn from it,” he says ahead of today’s clash.“It has all got to do with results, everyone looks back at last year and it was patchy, we got relegated and the doubters were out.”Jim McGuinness’s line-up announced on Friday is unlikely to be the same at throw-in today (4pm).Whatever side he chooses, it’s clear he has a united squad behind him which is starting to believe again.Believe. It could be another very special day for Donegal. And it would be so extra special if Declan Bonner’s side can overcome Armagh in the Minors….there could be two trophies going into Pettigo tonight….DONEGAL: Paul Durcan; Eamonn McGee, Neil McGee, Ryan McHugh; Anthony Thompson, Frank McGlynn, Paddy McGrath; Martin McElhinney, Christy Toye; Rory Kavanagh, Leo McLoone, Odhran MacNiallais; Patrick McBrearty, Michael Murphy (Capt), Colm McFadden.MONAGHAN: Rory Beggan; Ryan Wylie, Drew Wylie, Colin Walshe; Dessie Mone, Vincent Corey, Fintan Kelly; Dick Clerkin, Darren Hughes; Paudie McKenna, Stephen Gollogly, Paul Finlay; Dermot Malone, Kieran Hughes, Conor McManus (Capt)BELIEVE: DONEGAL’S NEW DAY OF DOUBLE DESTINY IN CLONES was last modified: July 19th, 2014 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:armaghClonesdonegalGAAMinorsMonaghanUlster Finallast_img read more

Music Is Noise to Monkeys

first_imgExperiments show that monkeys prefer noise over music, even though they have brain similarities with humans.A neuroscientist at the National Institutes of Health wondered if monkeys could relate to music like humans do. After all, their eyes probably see like ours; do their ears hear like ours? Katarina Zimmer at The Scientist tells the story of experiments that Bevil Conway undertook to try to answer the question. In short, as the title of the article states, “When Humans Hear Music, Monkeys May Hear Noise.”Using functional MRI machines (fMRI), Conway and colleagues watched what brain areas lit up when humans and macaques listened to musical tones and then to noise.Three macaques and four people took their turn in an fMRI machine as the scientists played the sounds inside the scanner and monitored each participant’s auditory cortex. As observed in the earlier experiments, the human auditory cortex showed significantly greater activity in response to the harmonic stimuli than to the noise. But to Conway’s surprise, the same brain region in macaques showed no significant differences in response to the two sets of sounds. In fact, if anything, the monkeys’ brains often had a greater response to noise than to harmonic tones.To the extent that the experiments accurately assess what a monkey experiences with sound, monkeys don’t seem to have an ear for music. It’s just noise to them. This seemed odd to Conway, since monkeys do vocalize to one another. Zimmer reasons that humans appreciate music because we use language to communicate, while monkeys do not. Language is replete with harmonic sounds in vowels. But there is much more to language than vocalization in harmonic tones: there’s semantics, syntax, and aesthetics. In a monkey’s brain, no comprendo. Sounds are meaningless signals that trigger certain behaviors.Update 10/01/19: Now hear this! Dennis Prager argues that the Left ruins everything. Music is no exception; Samson Young took a musical masterpiece, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, and ruined it by making the string players cover their strings with tape. Playing it with all seriousness, the orchestra produces an incoherent scratching sound. Ten seconds is about all a human can take of this noise (try listening in the video clip).  The Scientist does give it one redeeming aspect, though: “Hear the muted symphony that one researcher thinks might be a close approximation to how macaques perceive the performance.“Think About ThinkingThis was one of the stories in a special issue of The Scientist about neuroscience. Another article also touched on human uniqueness. In “The Human Brain: Blessing and Curse,” Editor-in-Chief Bob Grant begins, “Our brains are mysterious, fragile, and mischievous. That’s what makes them fascinating.”Most scientists and science enthusiasts I’ve met are intellectually inflamed by the fact that there is so much out there (and in here) that we don’t know—a passion that transcends disciplines. And is there any mystery more fascinating than the functioning of the human brain itself? After all, we carry our brains around with us every day and use them to ferret out the patterns and meanings that throng around us. Neuroscientists, even more than the rest of us, use theirs to think about thinking.Yet, after millennia of intimate interactions with our own brains and decades of formal study of the organ, “how the brain works was and still is a complete mystery,” in the words of Albert Einstein College of Medicine neuroscientist Kamran Khodakhah, this month’s profilee.How in the name of Ramón y Cajal can cells, amassed in tangled networks and swapping ions across their membranes to propagate waves of electrical potential, result in a thought? How does this sequence of physical events form moving pictures, symphonies, emotions, and inspiration? It truly boggles . . . well, the brain.Grant began by considering how the human mind probes all the mysteries of science, from the stars to the ocean floor to the cells of which we are composed. He worries about how our brains can deceive us, why they degenerate, and how we might find ways to delay the ravages of time.But even with the downsides of limitless curiosity, the frailty of the organ from which it emanates, and the evolutionary compromises that come with growing such complex and knowledge-thirsty biological computers, I for one wouldn’t trade my brain for the world. There are too many things left to learn.One thing scientists will never stop learning is how much they don’t know. But if the brain is merely a computer made of meat, that resulted from millions of years of evolutionary compromises, how can Grant know anything to be true?Let’s summarize the two articles. Evolutionists have failed to understand why only humans have language and comprehend music. They admit the brain is a complete mystery to them. They believe human brains evolved from ape brains, but they marvel at the unique traits humans achieve with their brains, including science. They know far less than they know. But they know one thing for absolute, dead-on certainty: Non-atheists are not allowed to enter the conversation!Let the dead bury their dead.Think OutdoorsTo end on a subject all can agree with, read “Time Spent in Nature Is Good for You” by Jef Akst at The Scientist. It’s the latest in a long trend we’ve reported on about the benefits of outdoor exercise, exposure and experience. One doesn’t even have to live in an area with ideal green space, or keep to a rigid schedule of outdoor walks, as long as they get about two hours per week. For those who get outdoors, the benefits start rolling in: “when people spend time in natural environments: blood pressure drops, heart rate decreases, immune function improves, and the parasympathetic nervous system directs the body to rest and digest.” De-stress and see the natural world.Creation Safaris and other outdoor ministries help people escape to reality.(Visited 394 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more