Dear Editor,Press reports state that massive amounts of oil have been discovered in Guyana, and foreign company ExxonMobil has been contracted to explore and carry out the extensive operations to market the “black gold”.While ExxonMobil is spending tens of billions of dollars in the exploration process, concerns are being expressed by Guyanese within and outside of Guyana about the arrangement between the Government and ExxonMobil. The latest came from Nigel Hughes, an outstanding attorney and Director of Guyana Oil and Gas Association (GOGA).Two prominent and highly qualified Guyanese in the diaspora — Dr Tulsi Singh, who has been in the oil business for decades in Midland Texas, and Sam Boodhoo, CPA, CA, a certified professional accountant of Canada, who had given professional advice to several oil companies — feel the Guyana Government should be very cautious in signing its final agreement with ExxonMobil.Boodhoo has written a paper on Guyana Oil Dealings, wherein he highlighted the pitfalls and stressed that Guyana should establish a corporation owned and controlled by Guyanese to manage the oil resources. He feels that there might be deficiencies in the negotiation process. Dr Singh, on the other hand, who was not too optimistic that Guyana would earn billions from the oil, is now of the ‘view that the Republic would benefit tremendously because of three factors: (1) Hess Corporation, a 30% owner in ExxonMobil, is making financial arrangements for the Guyana project; (2) XOM, as the operating partner in Guyana, has confirmed a ,4 billion on the deal, and XOM has engaged SBM Offshore NV, a Dutch offshore oil and gas behemoth, to convert a huge crude oil tanker into a floating production storage and offloading platform.The minister responsible for the oil Industry, Raphael Trotman, an attorney who is not an expert in oil, should seek the advice of Guyanese in the diaspora who are experts in the field and who are willing to offer their advice.Two other Guyanese entrepreneurs – Brian Ramphal of California and Mc Sood Amjad of St Maarten – have also expressed their concern and want to ensure that Guyana is not taken for a ride by foreign big business.Sincerely,Oscar Ramjeet
NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MANILA, Philippines—Game 1 of the Finals series Toronto and Golden State may have lacked the sheer entertainment of high-wire dunks, but it did deliver pure unadulterated drama.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN LATEST STORIES View comments From Klay Thompson’s lone standout jam in the first quarter to several gut-wrenching plays late in the fourth including Fred VanVleet’s trick shot, the Raptors and Warriors did not fail to meet the championship hype.READ: Raptors draw first blood, thump Warriors in 1st NBA finals appearanceFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Raptors took Game 1, 118-109, to kick off their title bid at home. ‘DraymondShouldntWear23’: Drake trolls Draymond Green with Steph Curry’s ‘hair lint’ MOST READ
The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has commenced its distribution of National Identification Cards for persons who were recently registered after the conclusion of its eighth Cycle of Continuous Registration.According to a statement issued by the Commission, such persons are advised to collect their new ID cards from the Registration Office that is responsible for their respective areas of residence. GECOM further urged that persons do this at the earliest time possible.Every registered Guyanese aged 14 years or over should at all times be able to show a valid National ID Card if so requested.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Firefighters with the BC Wildfire Service are beginning their attacks on several wildfires that have quickly grown in size north of Fort St. John this week.Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds says that two Incident Management Teams are due to arrive in Fort St. John in the next couple of days to begin battling wildfires burning near the Beatton and Buckinghorse Rivers. Reynolds said that the largest fire burning in the North Peace is the Kahta Creek Fire, which is located roughly 190 kilometres northwest of Fort St. John. A map of the area that has been burned by the Kahta Creek Fire. Photo by BC Wildfire Service- Advertisement -That fire has grown to 1,700 hectares, and there are currently 40 firefighters with a number of pieces of heavy equipment that have begun making fire guards around the perimeter. An incident management team has also been assigned to that fire. Meanwhile, crews have declared the 6.5 hectare fire just north of the Kahta Creek Fire near the Alaska Highway as being extinguished.A map showing the locations of wildfires burning north of Fort St. John. Photo by BC Wildfire Service.Another incident management team has been assigned to a pair of fires burning in the Nig Creek area. The Beatton River Fire and another nearby fire, which has not been named, have each grown to an estimated 1,500 and 1,000 hectares respectively. Reynolds said the second unnamed fire experienced tremendous growth on Wednesday, fanned by the hot, dry weather. At this time, no firefighters have been deployed to the fire, but Reynolds said that the incident commander is currently drawing up a plan to deal with both fires.Advertisement Meanwhile, crews have reassessed the Milligan Hills Fire at 700 hectares in size. That fire is 15 percent contained, with 60 firefighters and five pieces of heavy equipment building a fireguard along the fire’s northeast flank to reduce the chance of it spreading into Alberta.A map of the wildfires burning southwest of Fort Nelson. Photo by BC Wildfire Service.Of the numerous fires burning near Fort Nelson, Reynolds said that a modified attack plan will likely be used to combat the fire located southeast of the Muskwa River, which has been downgraded from over 4,000 hectares to 2,800 hectares in size. She said that none of the fires near Fort Nelson are threatening property at this time, and that the Wildfire Service will be letting nature take its course with any fires burning in Provincial Parks.
MINNEAPOLIS – Jay Gustafson, in an unfamiliar town for a job hunt and in need of some fast cash, gritted his teeth and hit the nearest ATM. “For $20, I paid $25,” Gustafson said, bemoaning the fees levied by both the bank that ran the machine and by his own bank for using someone else’s machine. Millions of Americans do the same thing every day, to the tune of an estimated $4.2 billion in ATM fees this year. But at a time when more banks are charging noncustomers more money to use their ATMs, some consumers are getting a break. Many credit unions and smaller banks are joining surcharge-free ATM networks to make up for not having large networks of their own to compete with national banks. And one big bank, U.S. Bank, a part of Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp, expanded its network by buying the MoneyPass surcharge-free ATM network, giving its customers free access to 10,000 ATMs in 48 states, including 5,000 U.S. Bank-owned machines. One major bank that had bucked that trend gave up last fall. Seattle-based Washington Mutual Inc., the nation’s largest savings and loan, last November dropped its long-standing practice of allowing noncustomers to use its ATMs for free, citing long lines that made access harder for its own customers. Bankrate.com said Washington Mutual was largely responsible for both the rise in banks charging fees to nonaccount holders in its latest survey, as well as a drop in banks that charge their customers for using other banks’ ATMs. Bankrate.com said fees imposed by banks on their own customers for using other banks’ machines fell to $1.29 from $1.37 since last fall, and the number of banks imposing such charges fell to 81 percent from 89 percent a year ago. Gary Townsend, an analyst with Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co., said most banks see charging fees to noncustomers as a “no-brainer,” an easy way to make money off them. But he said he sees a “distinct trend” of smaller banks offering their customers breaks on ATM fees to compete against the big institutions. Over at the University of Minnesota, MBA student Christopher Wahrman said he’s irritated enough with how much he pays in ATM fees – as much as $50 a year – that he would consider switching from Wells Fargo if he could find a bank that offered free use of ATMs everywhere. Until then, he said, he’ll just keep searching for his own bank’s machines. “I’ve gotten better at it,” he said. “I used to get out of control.” Banks that do offer such deals or ATM fee rebates on at least some accounts include Cherry Hill, N.J.-based Commerce Bank, Milwaukee-based M&I/Marshall & Ilsley Bank, and Green Bay, Wis.-based Associated Bank. Conditions such as minimum balances often apply. “Consumers seriously consider the size of a financial institution’s ATM network when they decide where to go,” said Jan Estep, president of Genpass Inc., owner of the Moneypass network, which U.S. Bank bought last year. Moneypass has about 600 other participants, including financial institutions as well as state governments that use MoneyPass cards to distribute benefits electronically.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“We’re in a constant dog-eat-dog fight for market share,” said Rick Hartnack, U.S. Bank’s vice chairman and head of consumer banking. Greg McBride, senior financial analyst with Bankrate.com, said U.S. Bank’s move “goes against the grain” of what other big banks are doing. “This is a move to differentiate themselves from their primary competitors that have very large ATM networks themselves,” McBride said. Bankrate.com projects that consumers will pay $4.2 billion in ATM fees this year, a slight dip from $4.3 billion last year, but McBride said the overall trend is upward. The financial Web site’s latest semiannual survey found that ATM surcharges have soared more than 20 percent in the past two years. The fees banks charged to nonaccount holders averaged $1.60 this spring, up from $1.32 two years ago, and 98 percent of banks that own ATMs now charge fees to nonaccount holders, up from 89 percent two years ago.
1 Current Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti are on AC Milan’s radar AC Milan are hoping to appoint either Antonio Conte or Carlo Ancelotti as their manager next summer, claim reports in Italy.The San Siro club sacked Vincenzo Montella on Monday after a slow start to the season left them seventh in Serie A.Club legend Gennaro Gattuso has now been promoted from youth team coach to be placed in temporary charge.However, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Milan are looking to appoint Ancelotti or Conte as Montella’s long-term successor.Ancelotti is currently looking for a job after being axed by Bayern Munich earlier this season, while Chelsea boss Conte has hinted he could be keen on returning to Italy.Gattuso is expected to take charge of the first team until the end of the season while Milan look for a permanent manager.
Man United and Huddersfield players wait for the VAR decision Joey Barton has criticised VAR after Juan Mata saw his goal against Huddersfield ruled out for offside, despite appearing to be onside.Romelu Lukaku gave the visitors the lead, and the Red Devils thought they had doubled their advantage just before half-time – only to see it chalked off by Neil Swarbrick who is helping from afar.Barton was on commentary duty at the John Smith’s Stadium for the FA Cup fifth round clash, and despaired at the use of technology.He said: “I’m putting this on record now: I’m not for it. We don’t need it.“I’d rather have the mistakes [from the referee].“VAR is ruining the game, I don’t like it.“Everyone in the stadium now doesn’t not know why that goal was disapproved, there are people sitting at home, who haven’t bothered to get a ticket and come to the game, who know more than us about that’s happened, and we’re in the stadium.”The decision to introduce technology has thus far only served to increase confusion at football grounds across the country.However, former Manchester City midfielder Barton believes informing those in the stadium of the virtual decision via a big screen, much like they do in rugby, is the way forward.“There is total confusion in the stadium,” he said.“Nobody knows what’s going on. You can see people around us getting their phones out to see what’s happened – this cannot happen!“They need to show the replays on a big screen for this to work.“In this current guise, we cannot use it.“It has to enhance the game and on both occasions I’ve seen it live, it hasn’t done that.” 1
Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Getty Images – Getty targets “He always told me it was the best club.“When he finished the World Cup in Russia I wanted to go to Madrid, I had already made the decision.“It was not possible and I was another year Chelsea.That made the exit easier, Chelsea understood and let me out.“I spoke to Florentino and told me that I expected in Madrid.“After I spoke with Luka Modric and felt that everyone wanted me see at Real Madrid. And finally fulfilled.” LATEST Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future stalemate Eden Hazard has revealed he spoke with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez a whole year before he secured a move to the club from Chelsea.The Blues had already prepared themselves to lose their talisman this past summer, having agreed an initial fee worth £89million which could rise to £150m with add-ons with the 13-time European champions. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ statement 1 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship update Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff PEP TALK Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS latest The Belgian helped lead the club to two Premier League titles, two Europa League trophies as well as an FA Cup and League Cup in his seven-year stint in west London.And towards the end of his spell at Stamford Bridge, he made many remarks which suggested he was confident he would seal his dream move to the La Liga giants.Hazard appeared in a documentary on Real Madrid TV, where he discussed when it first became clear a move to the Bernabeu was a strong possibility.The Belgium captain, speaking on a documentary on Real Madrid TV, revealed he was told by Florentino Perez that they would try to sign him after the 2018 World Cup.“Courtois is someone I know well and in which I trust,” he said. on target Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta appointed rookie error Hazard has had a mixed start to his Real career
Flanked by the department’s newly appointed deputy minister, Hlengiwe Mkhize, Nzimande told journalists that he had signed off the new teacher training and development strategy, which was crafted from resolutions made at a teacher training summit in 2009. The strategy was now available for public comment, he said, adding that increasing the quality and number of teachers was a key focus area for President Jacob Zuma.FET colleges Turning to South Africa’s Further Education and Training (FET) colleges, Nzimande said these had to become into colleges of choice rather than “dumping grounds” for those that could not make it into technical universities or universities. Nzimande said a key obstacle was that a FET college qualification did not guarantee entrance into a university. The department would also work very closely with Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to arrest and close down unregistered, fly-by-night colleges. “We are going to be intensifying this, because fly-by-nights are exploiting the desperate needs of the majority of our people for access to education and training, and then giving them courses that are of such low quality.”Career guidance He said the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) had set up a helpline to advise students on career guidance. The department was also in discussions with the SABC on the possibility of setting aside certain time slots on their radio stations to offer career guidance sessions. He said he had also asked the SAQA to work more effectively with schools to publicise the National Student Financial Aid Scheme and to look at ways to assist with career guidance. The department was reviewing the scheme, which Nzimande said would inevitably involve some recapitalisation and better ways to fund disabled students. He said one of the reasons for the high drop-out rates was that the scheme often did not cover enough students or all the needs of students. An announcement on the review would be made later this month, he said. Nzimande said his department was also looking at setting up a central application system, to which all students could apply, to gain entrance to any university or college. He believed that such a system, coupled with career guidance centres, would help to see more university and college students complete their studies.Artisans To address the quality of artisans, the Department of Higher Education would set up the National Artisan Moderating Body. The problem was particularly pressing, as the average age of an artisan was now 50 years old, and in little over a decade most will have retired, he said.Student community service Commenting on the proposal to have students complete community service before graduating, Nzimande said he expected the bulk of this review to be carried out next year. He said that, following the resolution of the ANC’s national general council to look into the proposal, the department would study the community service in place for doctors, as well as best case practices from across the world. “We are of the view as a department that this is very very important,” said Nzimande, who pointed out that such a system could address two kinds of problems. While it could help to provide work experience for the some 50 000 unemployed graduates, it could also address the shortage of skills, particularly at rural municipalities, he said. Source: BuaNews 4 November 2010 Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has highlighted a number of government initiatives to boost the number and quality of university and college graduates and artisans in South Africa. Briefing journalists in Cape Town on Tuesday, Nzimande said a shortage of skills remained one of the country’s biggest hurdles to economic growth and job creation. The government’s new economic growth path, launched last week, highlights the shortage of skilled artisans, workers and professionals as a key constraint to reducing South Africa’s unemployment rate from 25 percent to 15 percent by 2020. Nzimande said key initiatives of his department to tackle skills included: A review to improve the country’s Further Education and Training (FET) colleges.A career guidance programme for students.A standards body to improve the quality of artisans.Improved funding for disadvantaged students.A new strategy for teacher training and development.
Image: Airbus If Dante had written Divine Comedy in the 21st century it’s a safe bet at least one of the circles of hell would have involved modern airline economy class seating.It’s therefore understandable that the prospect of spending up to 10 hours in a single-aisle aircraft could worry economy travelers whose budget fails to extend to roomier accommodations.However, the arrival of the Airbus A321XLR need not be a harbinger of economy class doom.The aircraft is due to enter service in 2023 and routes suggested by Airbus at the Paris Air Show launch included Houston-Santiago, London-Dehli, Sydney-Tokyo, New York-Rome and Auckland-Kuala-Lumpur.READ: Airbus launches super fuel efficient A21XLRThese are routes normally flown by widebody aircraft, not the smaller planes normally associated with packed domestic services and the ongoing fight for overhead bin space.So how worried about this development should we be?It’s still early days and it will be a while before airlines their seating configurations for the A321XLR.The type of aircraft has a bearing on the seats it can accommodate — for example, A320 family aircraft are designed for seats that 18 inches wide —but it is the airline that decides how cramped the cabin will be.We already know it’s possible for economy class on a single-aisle plane to be more comfortable than the equivalent seating on a widebody jet.Exhibit A is US carrier JetBlue.JetBlue’s A321 “Mint” aircraft offers everything from the airline’s Mint business suite a standard 18-inch wide economy seat with a 33-inch seat pitch.Compare that to a nine-across widebody Boeing 787 economy seat with a width of just over 17 inches and a 31- inch seat pitch or the forbidding prospect of a 460-seat A330neo.Passengers can also upgrade to Even More Space seats come with a seat pitch of 37-41 inches and still at 18 inches wide.The champagne set also does OK with two flavors of business class providing the legroom and lie-flat beds to which they’ve become accustomed.Not bad going for a small plane and an indication of what can be done.The US carrier was one of several airlines, including Qantas and American Airlines, to put their hand up for the A321XLR after it was launched at the recent Paris Air Show.The XLR has a range of up to 4700 nautical miles (8700kms), about 600 nautical miles further than the A321LRs JetBlue intends to use when it launches services from New York-JFK and Boston in 2021.JetBlue’s decision to convert 13 aircraft in its existing A321neo order book to XLR’s will allow it to look at new destinations deeper into Europe.A 30 percent lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generations of aircraft will allow the airline to look at routes previously not feasible or cut costs on existing routes.For all airlines, kitting out the extra-long-range planes will be a balancing act between the need to meet passengers’ fare expectations and maintain profitability with the desire to differentiate their product and maintain comfort for longer flights.They will all be aware that how they configure the seating will have a direct bearing on how economy passengers view the aircraft.This has already happened: the publicity blitz about the Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s many passenger benefits hasn’t stopped gripes about the way airlines have configured their economy class seating.This 787 was originally designed with eight-across seating in mind but airlines — with the exception of Japan Airlines —quickly discovered they could fit in nine-across seating by putting the squeeze on seat width. A similar thing has happened with 10-across seating in B777s.The Airbus A380 is liked by economy passengers as a more comfortable plane but that may not have been the case had airlines opted for the 11-across seating offered by Airbus in a desperate bid the save the program.A smaller cabin does feel more claustrophobic and there is a learned bias in some markets, such as transcontinental routes in Australia, against single-aisle planes.It will be up to airlines to convince the hoi polloi that the new long-range A320-family planes are comfortable and don’t deserve a place in a modern-day version of Inferno.