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Govt, GTT ink “non-binding” pact for liberalisation

first_imgHaving missed the 2018 year-end deadline for the complete liberalisation of the public telecommunications sector, Government has inked a “non-binding” agreement with GTT.The company, owned by US-based Atlantic Tele-Network (ATN), has held the monopoly over the local telecommunications market for more than 20 years.In a joint statement from the Public Telecommunications Ministry and GTT, it was noted that while the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was non-binding, the signing nevertheless represented a major step toward fully liberalising Guyana’s telecommunications market.In fact, it was noted that the parties have further agreed to continue discussions on all outstanding issues with the objective of eventually reaching a binding agreement.“After many years of delays, this Government has brought the country one step closer to achieving a fully open telecommunications market. While more work needs to be done, the Government is committed to continuing discussions and completing the process of liberalisation for the citizens of Guyana,” Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes stated.Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the local telecommunications giant, Justin Nedd, said he was “very pleased we have reached this milestone”.He added, “GTT fully supports an open and transparent telecommunications market in Guyana and the opportunities it will provide for Guyana’s citizens and our customers. We look forward to further discussions with the Government to reach an agreement on the issues that remain outstanding.”Last June, Minister Hughes had explained that the extra delays in the liberalisation process were as a result of other issues surrounding the final document having to be reviewed.Citizens were, for many months, exasperated with the many delays have occurred, but the Minister, at that time, had pointed out there were many other issues which surrounded the liberalisation. In fact, she further refuted the reports of it being completed until 2020.Presently, there are two telecommunications companies which provide mobile phone services to the Guyanese public. The liberalisation of the sector is heavily dependent upon the settlement of a US$44 million tax claim against GTT.However, the company continues to enjoy the monopoly in international voice and data services until 2030.In January of 2018, it was reported that negotiations with GTT and the Ministry to address the lifting of the monopoly were effective. These negotiations began in 2016 with the intention of ending the 26-year monopoly on the fixed line market.The liberalisation, once in place, would ensure there was fair competition and regulation among all enterprises in the business sector.last_img read more

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Animal Welfare Bill passed in spite of criticisms

first_img…Opposition says little change made despite Special Committee reviewBy Jarryl BryanGovernment on Monday used their parliamentary majority to push through the Animal Welfare Bill in the face of criticisms from the Opposition that no changes were made to the bill even after a sojourn at a special select committee.As a precursor to the bill, a motion was moved by Parliamentarian Dr. George Norton, chairman of the very committee that reviewed the bill. The Social Cohesion Minister explained that the committee had already examined the Bill clause by clause.According to Norton, technical support was also sought for the submissions made by members of the public. He acknowledged the stated concerns of the Opposition party in a report from the special select committee that reviewed the bill.“The bill refers to facilities that have not yet been built,” Norton read. “TheseParliamentarians at Monday’s sitting of the National Assemblyfacilities should be constructed before the implementation of the Act. Persons should not be made to incur additional costs as a result of the new legislation. The bill was premature, according to them (Opposition), and could lead to subjectivity from instances when citizens could be targeted by persons who would have been identified to perform specific duties,” Norton read.“The other concern was (that) those persons qualified to operate certain animal facilities, as soon as the Act is assented to, could be penalised for non-compliance,” he continued.“The sixth concern was there should be a systematic ad campaign with the farmers whom this legislation would affect, since persons would be ignorant of the law.“Another concern was members of the public should be educated on specific clauses of the bill before it becomes law,” Norton continued reading.CommitteeWhen the bill was brought to the house early last year by Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, he had stated that the Guyana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA) had the bill expertly reviewed. He had also argued that the bill was a prerequisite before Guyana could export animals, and would improve trade.But Opposition arguments, particularly those from Parliamentarians Dharamkumar Seeraj and Collin Croal, had eventually prevailed when the Government side agreed to have the bill sent to a special select committee.On Monday, PPP Parliamentarian Zulficar Mustapha emphasised the Opposition’s sentiments towards the bill. Telling all, Mustapha said that despite the concerns the PPP had raised before, and the bill being sent to the committee, nothing was changed in the bill itself.“At the first meeting of this select committee, I made a recommendation that we should have oral submissions from these farmers, we should visit locations in various parts of the country; but they said no, they want submissions from these organisations only. These are the things that when we go to special select committees we’re not going to make changes… We go there for formality sakes, and then we’re coming back here and say the bill went to a special select committee. We raised all our concerns and issues and all those problems and points raised in the debates by all the members on the Opposition side; none of those points were changed in the bill. Those amendments made in the bill are minimal and will not affect anything.”In spite of these and subsequent observations from other members, however, the bill was passed by the Government side.The billThe Bill is considered a follow-up to the Cruelty to Animals Bill passed under the previous Administration. While there is legislation catering for the treatment and handling of animals, enforcement of these Acts has always been a matter of contention.The GSPCA has been outspoken about the need for implementation and enforcement of legislation to specifically ensure that owners of dangerous dogs manage them responsibly. But even then, the Opposition had contended that the Bill’s focus is too limited to central locations, and does not address concerns in outlying areas among farmers.Under Section Two, ‘Protection of Animals’, the bill had included provisions for prohibited acts, and protection of animals while kept or raised; obligations to render assistance; protection of animals during health care provision and zoo technical interventions; interventions to protect animals; protection of animals at the time of humane killing; humane killing without delay; protection of animals during transport; humane transportation of animals, and protection of wild animals.Some provisions of the bill guard against animal owners giving animals food or substances of an unnatural nature, except scientifically justified; and restrict the movement of an animal in any way that causes it pain, suffering or injury.The bill also provides for penalties against anyone who neglects an animal in terms of health, housing, nutrition and care; and use of unauthorised stimulants or substances to enhance growth and weight gain.Guyana has long been flagged by different groups for the disregard shown by many to animals. There are several instances when dead animals are left on the roadside for prolonged periods. Some were the victims of a hit & run, while others were unceremoniously dumped there. The dumping of animal carcasses in rural trenches is also not unheard of.last_img read more

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Phone Scam Targets Westjet

first_imgWestjet spokesperson Robert Palmer says they culprits use names people are familiar with, like WestJet or Air Canada, to gain their trust that the phone call is legitimate.  Palmer points out, it’s not, and certainly not the way his company would acquire personal information. He says the person is told they have won a prize, but will need to provide a credit card to cover taxes and shipping.Palmer says you should never give any personal information over the phone to someone you’re not familiar with.  He suggests you immediately hang up and contact the Canadian Fraud Centre, particularly if you feel you’ve been victimized.- Advertisement –last_img

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Liverpool, Napoli handed tough UCL draws

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp at Anfield on January 31, 2017PARIS, France, Aug 4 – Liverpool must come through a tough two-legged play-off tie against Hoffenheim if they are to return to the group stage of the Champions League after a three-year absence, following Friday’s draw.Jurgen Klopp will take his Liverpool team back to his native Germany for the first leg on August 15 or 16 with the return at Anfield a week later. Hoffenheim, whose Rhein Neckar Arena is in Sinsheim in south-west Germany, are in the Champions League for the first time in their history after finishing fourth in the Bundesliga last season.Their coach Julian Nagelsmann, who turned 30 last month, is one of the most highly-rated young trainers in the game.Liverpool finished fourth in the Premier League last season. The five-time European champions were last in the Champions League in 2014-15, when they failed to make it out of their group.Spanish side Sevilla have been drawn against last season’s Turkish league runners-up Istanbul Basaksehir, who boast the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor and Gael Clichy in their ranks and eliminated Club Brugge in the third qualifying round.Napoli, who came third in Serie A last season, were handed a difficult draw against Nice, third in France’s Ligue 1 and victors against Ajax in the third qualifying round.Scottish giants Celtic, who were in the section of the draw reserved for domestic champions, must once again beat Astana of Kazakhstan if they are to return to the group phase.The Glasgow club will host Astana in the first leg before a journey of nearly 4,000 miles for the return leg on August 22 or 23.Celtic won 3-2 on aggregate when the teams met in the third qualifying round last season.Draw for the UEFA Champions League play-off round:Qarabag (AZE) v FC Copenhagen (DEN)APOEL (CYP) v Slavia Prague (CZE)Olympiacos (GRE) v Rijeka (CRO)Celtic (SCO) v Astana (KAZ)Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR) v Maribor (SLO)Istanbul Basaksehir (TUR) v Sevilla (ESP)Young Boys (SUI) v CSKA Moscow (RUS)Napoli (ITA) v Nice (FRA)Hoffenheim (GER) v Liverpool (ENG)Sporting (POR) v FCSB (ROM)first legs to be played August 15/16, second legs August 22/230Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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‘Sherwood half-time team talk inspired Aston Villa to FA Cup win’

first_img1 New Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood delivered a half-time pep talk which inspired the side’s FA Cup victory over Leicester, according to first-team coach Scott Marshall.The new Villans boss, who this week was appointed the successor to axed chief Paul Lambert, was sat in the stands at Villa Park but had to endure a poor, scrappy opening 45 minutes.But the hosts looked much improved after the break, with Leandro Bacuna and Scott Sinclair both netting late on to send Villa into the last eight for the first time in five years.Marshall was the man in charge following Wednesday’s sacking of Lambert but admitted Sherwood made his presence felt on Sunday.“He came in and made a couple of points to the lads, a couple of bits and pieces for everyone. I thought the boys delivered that in the second half and were very good,” he said.“He was there and there was good information to the group, there’s a football knowledge there which comes with a lifetime in the game.“He was in the dressing room before the game briefly, not a huge amount, but he introduced himself and wished the boys the best.”Sherwood did not have any input in the team selection but watched with chief executive Tom Fox after being appointed until 2018 on Saturday.Marshall is keen to stay on at Villa, after being brought in by Lambert, and will speak to Sherwood about his future.He said: “The focal point has been the game and preparing the players. I am sure the next few days will take care of itself. The group have been very professional.“They have delivered on the pitch and showed a great spirit and togetherness. They know they are going to have to take it forward in a league campaign.”And Marshall admitted he had spoken to the axed Lambert ahead of the game at Villa Park.“He gave me a bit of encouragement for the day and wanted the team to do well and that was it really,” he added. New Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood last_img read more

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HEARTBROKEN NEIL PUTS OUT APPEAL TO FIND HIS BEST FRIEND ‘SAM’

first_imgSam and Neil in happier times.A young Donegal lad with severe epilepsy has put out a heartfelt appeal to find his best friend and dog Sam.Neil Daniel has been left heartbroken since his beloved collie dog went missing on Sunday night last.The 10 year old boy is lost without his faithful companion whose company he finds therapeutic. Sam has been missing from the Gleneely area near Culdaff since Sunday night at about 11pm.He is a black and white collie but mostly white, he has one black eye and one white eye.He is distinctive in that his front right leg has a shaven patch on it following recent treatment by his vet.Neil’s mum says he is just devastated at losing Sam saying they went everywhere together. “Sam is such a very friendly dog who is loved by all children who are all very upset,” she said.A reward has been offered for the safe return of Sam. Anyone who may have seen him or who may know where he is should telephone or text 0862154587. HEARTBROKEN NEIL PUTS OUT APPEAL TO FIND HIS BEST FRIEND ‘SAM’ was last modified: May 8th, 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:culdaffDOGdonegallostNeil Danielsamlast_img read more

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Liverpool hero Gerrard: ‘There is no job opportunity for me at Anfield… for now’

first_img Gerrard returned to action in a Reds shirt for a Liverpool Legends game in Australia back in January 1 Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard insists that, while he is in contact with manager Jurgen Klopp, there is currently ‘no job opportunity’ for him at Anfield.Since leaving for his Major League Soccer swansong in the United States, there has been much speculation about the ex-Reds captain linking up with his former club in some capacity.However, Gerrard has revealed nothing is in the pipeline at the moment.“People need to understand that Jurgen Klopp is his own man, he’s got his own team of people around him, that he is very happy and content with,” Gerrard exclusively told virtual reality company Laduma.“Of course I’ve got a huge Liverpool connection and Liverpool is in my heart and always will be but there’s nothing to really comment on.“There’s no future decision to work with Klopp, I get on really well with him, we’re in contact but there’s no job opportunity there at the moment.“There is absolutely nothing to say on my future beyond this MLS season at the moment.The 36-year-old midfielder is into the final six months of his contract with Los Angeles Galaxy and says he wants to ‘try and enjoy every last moment’ as his celebrated career comes to an end.“I know I’m in the twilight, I know I’m coming to the end pretty soon,” he added.“I just want to try and enjoy every last moment really. The one thing I’m going to miss [is] walking on to the pitch.“I’m going to miss that buzz very much because that’s what I play the game for.”last_img read more

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Chelsea could bid £31million plus Andreas Christensen for 21-year-old forward

first_img Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars no dice Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Under scored eight goals in all competitions during his debut season and his form caught the eye of Arsenal and Bayern Munich.Roma, however, have always held firm when clubs have enquired about the Turkey international and claimed he is not for sale.But, according to Calciomercato, Chelsea are ready to test Roma’s resolve by making a hefty offer for Under in January.The Blues are putting together a package that would include a cash payment of £31million plus defender Christensen. Cengiz Under in action for Roma. REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 1 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED shining gameday cracker REAL DEAL center_img Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury whoops deals Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Chelsea are considering a transfer bid for Roma star Cengiz Under which would involve money AND Andreas Christensen.The 21-year-old forward has been a hit in Italy ever since he moved to Serie A  and the Blues are tempted to offer £31million plus their young defender for his services. Latest Premier League Stories tense Christensen is said to be unhappy over a lack of playing time this season and he is prepared to leave in January.Roma are already on the hunt for a new centre-back and have held preliminary talks with Daniele Rugani of Juventus.last_img read more

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TERMON LADIES DO IT AGAIN – WITH ANOTHER GAELTACHT TITLE

first_imgTermon 4–15 Clonbur 2–10 by James TreartyTermon Ladies won an amazing 5th all Ireland on the trot when defeating Clonbur in The final at Moycullen Galway.Termon were best served by Roisin Mc Cafferty, the Friel sisters and evergreen Maureen O’ Donnell. Comhghaiedeas do An Tearmain.Buaiteoirí Craobh Sinsear Peil na mBan ná h-Eireann 2014. TERMON LADIES DO IT AGAIN – WITH ANOTHER GAELTACHT TITLE was last modified: June 1st, 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:Gaeltacht titleTermon ladieslast_img read more

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Angelides: Sell shares in PetroChina

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The treasurer’s call came the same day that China’s top environmental minister resigned amid growing outrage over how the government has responded to the disaster. Officials in the city of Jilin have been accused of covering up the disaster for nearly 10 days before informing the public. A call to the Chinese Consulate-General in San Francisco was not immediately returned. Angelides said he opposed the teacher fund’s initial investment in the Chinese energy firm in 2000. Pension managers for state funds in Illinois and New Jersey, as well as funds for Harvard and Stanford, already have sold their PetroChina holdings. The treasurer said he sent a letter to the retirement system’s fund managers asking them to immediately sell the stake in PetroChina, which they have the authority to do on their own. Angelides said he will take the issue up with the full board if the managers do not follow his request, but the earliest the board could act is February. The explosion dumped about 100 tons of benzene into the Songhua River and caused a 50-mile long chemical slick that is now flowing toward the Russian city of Khabarovsk. SACRAMENTO – The state pension fund for teachers should sell its $24 million investment in PetroChina Co. after a massive chemical spill at one of the company’s plants in northeastern China, state Treasurer Phil Angelides said Friday. Angelides said the firm was slow to respond to the Nov. 13 disaster, which contaminated the drinking water supply for nearly 4 million people. He said the company also has ties to the Sudanese government, which has been accused of human rights violations. “It is clear that PetroChina’s activities demonstrate significant environmental risks, human rights violations and ethical liabilities that present too much risk to CalSTRS and other shareholders and could be damaging to investors over the long term,” Angelides said in a telephone interview with reporters. The treasurer is one of 12 board members for the $129 billion California Teachers’ Retirement System, the third-largest public pension fund in the nation. He said that because the company is 90 percent owned by the Chinese government, shareholders have little option but to sell their interests if they are dissatisfied with the conduct of company officials. 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

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