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– as company slated to become 100% privately ownedBy Jarryl BryanIt seems that the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) is not the only commercial enterprise the Government intends to withdraw State involvement from. Next on the agenda for a complete private takeover is the Guyana Stock Feeds Incorporated (GSFI).In a notice originating from the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), bids to purchase the Government’s shares in GSFI were invited from reputable organisations.It is understood that NICIL holds 6.68 per cent of the total shareholding of the company, with the other shareholders retaining 93.32 per cent. Bidders must first register with NICIL and pay a $10,000 registration fee.NICIL CEO Horace JamesThey would then be provided with a Request for Proposals (RFP) document, a Memorandum with company details, guidelines for bidders and a draft share sales agreement. Adding that it is not “bound to accept any proposal”, NICIL also issued a stipulation that these proposals must be submitted by December 7, 2017.The GSFI was established in 1960, with the main purpose of supplying animal feed to Guyana’s livestock sector. In 1975, the then Government nationalised the GSFI and thus it stayed until 1998 when it was put back into private hands.At the time, the State brought in a strategic partner to reorganise the business, which was losing market share to imported feeds. Today, after an initial consolidation period under new management, the GSFI is a conglomerate with interest in the livestock, rice, and edible oil sectors. The enterprise itself is located in an industrial park at Farm, East Bank Demerara.But NICIL’s time as a shareholder in the GSFI has not been a smooth ride, with repeated clashes over the years with principal shareholder and Pegasus owner Robert Badal. In fact, NICIL once took the GSFI to court and obtained an injunction against the enterprise.DivestmentGuyana Stock Feeds principal shareholder Robert BadalThis is the latest in a series of moves by NICIL to free the Government of involvement in certain enterprises. The most famous example is the divestment taking place at GuySuCo, under the auspices of a Special Purpose Unit (SPU).The Unit has begun the process of selling the Corporation’s assets, including a number of estates. It has been soliciting proposals from companies or persons, either individually or as part of a joint venture or consortium “with an interest in the privatisation and/or diversification of Skeldon, Rose Hall, Wales and East Demerara ‘Enmore’ factories.”The request for letters of interest by the SPU is identified as the first step in the process of finding and shortlisting buyers or investors.The entity has noted too that in order to increase transparency, it is partnering with a suitably qualified international financial services firm “to provide technical and financial advisory support in the process leading to a successful privatisation and diversification of the sugar industry”.
WASHINGTON – Legislation to beef up drug safety, passed by the Senate this week with only one dissenting vote, grew out of an extraordinary pact between two senators and a frantic effort by the pharmaceutical industry to avoid any disruption in the approval of new drugs. The bill would increase the fees paid by drugmakers to help finance the work of the Food and Drug Administration and would give the agency new power to police company conduct. Industry lobbyists and executives said they supported the bill for one overriding reason: pink slips. Sometime this summer, if a bill has not passed, medical officers at the FDA will start getting notices that they are in danger of being laid off by the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. Some of those officers are likely to be in the midst of reviewing new drug applications crucial to the future of drugmakers. An earlier version of the legislation was introduced by Enzi last August, when Republicans controlled Congress and he was chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. When Democrats took control this year and Kennedy became chairman of the committee, he kept his compact with Enzi. Working together, they steered the legislation through the committee and the full Senate. Along the way, they accepted dozens of changes proposed by lawmakers of both parties. Enzi, an accountant and former owner of a shoe store, was mayor of Gillette, Wyo., and served 10 years in the state Legislature. His quiet manner could hardly differ more from that of Kennedy. Enzi is as conservative as Kennedy is liberal. But both are pragmatic legislative craftsmen. Enzi was recruited into politics by former Sen. Alan K. Simpson, another Wyoming Republican who collaborated with Kennedy on many issues, including immigration. In an interview, Simpson said: “Mike is a legislator. He’s calm. He’s steady. He’s not a partisan kook or anything of that nature.” Simpson said Enzi and Kennedy had “a mutual admiration society, built on trust, respect and friendship, with none of the savage partisanship” found elsewhere in American politics. Enzi holds the Senate seat once held by Simpson and his father, Milward L. Simpson, who entered the Senate on the same day as Kennedy, Nov. 7, 1962. “Teddy loved my dad,” said Simpson, who nurtured the relationship between Enzi and Kennedy. Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., voted against the drug safety bill in the committee, but worked with Kennedy and Enzi to make changes that won his support for the legislation on the floor. “There’s a Ted Kennedy who is quite flamboyant and partisan in the theater of the Senate,” Gregg said in an interview. “And there is a Ted Kennedy who is extremely bipartisan and willing to work with people in the back rooms of the Senate.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! If those medical officers leave, drug approvals may be delayed – a terrifying prospect for many companies. Under the bill, the FDA could impose civil fines on companies that violated a drug safety plan, or ran false or misleading advertisements. But major drugmakers said they would comply with federal requirements, so the agency would not have reason to impose penalties on them. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., was chief sponsor of the legislation, but Sen. Michael B. Enzi, R-Wyo., was equally responsible for its contents. In an unusual display of bipartisanship, they worked together to fend off amendments that would have made the bill unacceptable to the White House, raised the ire of the pharmaceutical industry or jeopardized chances for passage. “Kennedy and I have developed a trust,” Enzi said in an interview. “We don’t try to run over each other. We have a history of passing bills – 27 signed by the president in the last two years.”
“We’re committed to meeting our climate targets and making sure our CleanBC plan gets us to where we need to go — that means being honest and transparent about our progress to make sure people can determine we’re on the right track,” Heyman said in a statement.The Green party says it collaborated with province’s minority NDP government on the amendments.“As a climate scientist, I know that transparent, accurate, timely and publicly accessible data is crucial to achieving our climate commitments,” B.C. Green Leader Andrew Weaver said in a news release issued by the government.Karen Tam Wu, the B.C. director of the Pembina Institute, says the changes are aimed at helping the province meet its targets.Advertisement “These changes will allow anyone to track the province’s progress in the short term, including by sector, and help ensure we stay on track toward achieving B.C.’s long-term vision. We can no longer afford to miss our climate targets.”This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 30, 2019.The Canadian Press VICTORIA — British Columbia’s environment minister says the province is trying to be more transparent in reporting its progress in fighting climate change through legislative changes introduced Thursday.George Heyman says amendments to the Climate Change Accountability Act mandate more detailed tracking of the ongoing status of carbon reduction efforts and would establish an independent oversight body to monitor progress.He says the amendments would also require the annual public reporting of the government’s climate change results.- Advertisement -B.C. set legislated climate goals last year to cut carbon emissions by 40 per cent from 2007 levels by 2030.Heyman says the legislation, if passed, mandates the government to establish interim reduction targets for carbon emissions by the end of next year.It would also set individual reduction targets for different economic sectors including transportation and energy by March 31, 2021.Advertisement
0Shares0000Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is struggling to turn around Manchester United’s fortunes © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 17 – Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is “100 percent sure” that the club has the right structure in place and says money is available to strengthen his struggling squad.United are 12th in the Premier League table, just two points above the relegation zone and 15 adrift of league leaders Liverpool ahead of Sunday’s clash with their fierce rivals at Old Trafford. The club’s hierarchy and recruitment under executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has come in for severe criticism but Solskjaer has described that as “an insult” as he looks to the future.“I’ve got a three-year contract now so of course (we are) planning long-term,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports. “If you lose a game or two you don’t wait for a call to be given assurances but we have started out a plan and a recruitment plan is in place.“I am 100 percent sure from my time here that the structure is right because it’s always the manager who has the final say.“I know people have said stuff about our recruitment but it’s almost like an insult to the recruitment office, the scouts and us as professionals — me and (assistant manager) Mick (Phelan), the staff. We make decisions on the players that we want to have and who’s available and then it’s the negotiations.”United spent £145 million ($185 million) in the summer on Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, but Solskjaer said more funds were available for the right “ready-made” players.“The money is there and I’ve been looking at players,” Solskjaer added. “We were close to a couple of players but they weren’t right.“The money is there to strengthen in January, in the summer, and we are planning, we are looking, we are finding our targets, but just before the transfer window ended no, they weren’t there, the ready-made players.”The United boss admitted that misfiring forward Marcus Rashford, who has scored just three goals for the team this season, needed a break but injuries to other players had prevented that.“Marcus’s movement is great, but maybe we just need to give him a game or two of rest because he’s played a lot,” said the Norwegian.“Sometimes, because he’s a young boy with lots of expectations on his shoulders, he’s played four or five seasons now, and yet he’s still not even 22 yet.”And he admitted United faced a daunting task in trying to slow Liverpool’s charge towards their first top-flight title since 1990.“There’s a lot of pieces in that puzzle that have to be in place,” he said. “We’ve got to be ready and I think the players are mentally prepared for this one. Of course, the fans will always be behind our backs.”I can’t see Liverpool coming to park the bus — that’s just not in their mentality,” he added. “So I can see it being an open game, which will suit us.”0Shares0000(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)
The commissioners, many of whom have backgrounds in civil rights and community activism, signaled that they will be aggressive. At one point, Bamattre suggested that three recommendations dealing with disciplinary investigations have already been implemented and did not need to go to subcommittees, but the panelists disagreed. “We need to step back and with new eyes take a look at it,” Sotelo said. Thomas Hoegh, an Encino lawyer representing several firefighters suing the department, said the commissioners are well-intended but he doubts they will accomplish reform with the current command staff. “This is all whitewash,” he said. However, representatives of United Firefighters of Los Angeles City and groups of African-American and Latino firefighters expressed hope that the audit and new commission present an opportunity for change. Commissioner Andrew Friedman added that while workplace reform is a top priority, the public should remember that the audits looked at employee issues, but the Fire Department has not been criticized for its performance serving the public. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Los Angeles Fire Department has a much higher ratio of gender bias and sexual harassment complaints than the city average although fewer than 3 percent of its employees are women, a report presented to the Fire Commission on Tuesday said. The Personnel Department audit comes in the wake of another review by Controller Laura Chick that found that rampant harassment, discrimination and retaliation still plague the department after years of rhetoric about reform. The percentage of female firefighters has declined 2 percent since 1996, when the department pledged improvements in the wake of a previous discrimination scandal. Meanwhile, the personnel audit says 55 percent of complaints against the Fire Department are gender-based or sexual harassment issues, compared with 20 percent citywide. “These numbers, combined with the low number of females in the work force, are indicative that the LAFD needs to make substantial changes to ensure that female employees are equally valued and are provided a discrimination-free work environment,” wrote Margaret Whelan, general manager of the Personnel Department. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card One female firefighter who says she has experienced discrimination is D’Lisa Davies, a 22-year veteran who now works in the recruitment unit. Davies tries to recruit females because she believes firefighting is a good career, although she said she has been disciplined unfairly and bullied by male supervisors. “I’ve been here for 20 years, fighting for my right to be here,” she said in an interview. The Fire Commission considered both audits for the first time at its meeting Tuesday. Numerous speakers expressed dismay that the issues remain after the scandals of the mid-1990s. “This did happen 10 years ago,” commission President Dalila Sotelo said. “We came on in October and part of our challenge here is to make sure it doesn’t happen again.” Along with Fire Chief William Bamattre, the commissioners reviewed 35 recommendations from the controller and personnel audits and delegated their review to subcommittees. The commission intends to draft a plan within 90 days, as directed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
A Donegal man who sexually assaulted a drunk woman after she had fallen asleep has been jailed for two years.The Irish Independent reports that after the assault Padraig Rooney (34) told the victim’s family: “I’m an evil person, I have to go to the guards. This is sexual assault”.During a trial at Donegal Circuit Criminal Court, Rooney claimed that the sex was consensual and he continues to maintain his innocence. Rooney of Orchard Park, Donegal town had pleaded not guilty to the sexual assault at a house in Donegal town on May 15, 2010. After a four day trial a jury deliberated for around three hours before finding him guilty.Judge Keenan Johnson, sitting in Dublin, imposed a four year jail term but suspended the last two years after noting that jail will have a negative impact on the man’s family and his young daughter.He also noted that Rooney has no other criminal convictions and was otherwise a hard working and honest individual.The judge said he was also taking the victim impact report and a Probation Services report into consideration. Neither these nor the ten character references handed into the court on behalf of Rooney were read out.Judge Johnson said Rooney had attacked the victim while she was incapable of defending herself. He noted he failed to show any remorse or empathy and has a lack of insight for the adverse effects of his actions on the victim.Sgt Angela Cummins of Ballyshannon Garda Station told Geraldine Small BL, prosecuting, that the victim and Rooney were intoxicated and sitting on a couch covered by a duvet.The victim, now aged 24, fell asleep and when she woke up she noticed that her bra had been interfered with, her leggings were half way down her legs and her underwear was bunched up in the leggings.She immediately suspected Rooney but couldn’t remember anything about the assault. She spoke to him at his mother’s home and he said he had kissed her and then had freaked out and left.The court heard he told his then partner that he had “fucked up” and had “molested a girl”. Their relationship ended as a result of this admission.Gardaí arrested Rooney in August 2010. During his interviews he claimed she had made the first move and that the victim had consensually masturbated him.Colm Smyth SC, defending, said that the testimonials on behalf of his client came from business people and people involved in sporting activities and clubs and all gave testament to his client’s good character.A reference written by retired garda Martin McNally from Ballintra, Co Donegal said Rooney is a fine young man who had taken over the running of the family business.Counsel said his client is a hard working man and a devoted father.Judge Johnson said the offences had caused polarisation in a small community and were a source of enormous distress to the victim and her family.DONEGAL MAN WHO SEXUALLY ASSAULTED DRUNK WOMAN TOLD FAMILY “I’M EVIL” was last modified: July 28th, 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)
GARDAI are investigating claims that paedophile Michael Ferry is just one of a number of abusers who have preyed on young boys in Gaoth Dobhair over the past two decades.It’s understood up to four other men from the area are being accused of attacking young boys – some of them at the school building in Derrybeg where Ferry attacked his victims.One of them is brave 24-year-old Derek Mulligan (pictured) whose courage in speaking out about Ferry has helped to expose the level of sickening abuse which took place. While he was one of four boys for whom Ferry was jailed for 18 years on Monday past, it’s thought there are many more victims who have not yet come forward.Some of the victims may have been abused by Ferry and some of the other men.One source told donegaldaily.com that the Ferry affair may be much worse than has been reported so far.“There are many other victims who have not as yet come forward,” said one source.“And there may have been many more abusers.”Mr Mulligan and others were abused after Ferry was convicted of other child sex offences in October 2002.Mr Mulligan finds it incredible that happened – and is furious with a statement issued by the college in Derrybeg in which an attempt was made to downplay Ferry’s position there.“He (Ferry) was still there until last year,” said Mr Mulligan. “They’ve had a year to issue the statement, they’ve known he’s been in jail…..they knew what he was capable of and what he was able to do.”Donal O Loinsigh, who co-runs Ard Scoil Mhuire in Derrybeg, issued a statement “denying” that Ferry was “employed”.He downplayed his position, insisting he was an “odd jobs” man who was supervised at all times.This is disputed by Mr Mulligan who confronted evil Ferry at the school just 13 months ago where he was still working.Ferry was paid for his work at the college.Justice Minister Alan Shatter has now received preliminary information from An Garda Síochána in response to his request for information about the circumstances surrounding the continued employment Ferry after his 2002 conviction.The Minister has been informed by the Garda Commissioner that their records show that on 16 October, 2002 the then Health Board were informed by the Gardaí, in accordance with the Children First guidelines, of the conviction of the person in question and of where he was believed to be working.Mr Shatter said: “It is the clear recollection of Gardaí that the owner of the school was in court for the criminal proceedings against that person.“In addition, a Garda subsequently spoke to the owner of the school about the conviction and expressed his concerns about that person continuing to work at the school.”Minister Shatter added: “I welcome this clarification from the Garda Commissioner. This makes it all the more necessary for those who chose to continue the employment of this person to explain themselves.”The owner of the school was unavailable for comment last night.GARDAI INVESTIGATE MORE GAOTH DOBHAIR PAEDOPHILES was last modified: July 20th, 2011 by gregShare 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)
YOU’VE read the reports. You’ve seen the pictures (on donegaldaily.com of course).Now watch the video of Letterkenny AC’s Danny Mooney clinch new National indoor 1500 metres title.The Liverpool based student won the title with an impressive 3.52.83 final win-just two seconds ahead of his clubmate-Ruairi Finnegan (3.54.84) who took silver.Watch the race in full now by clicking play. DDTV VIDEO: LETTERKENNY’S MOONEY WINS 1500M AT IRISH CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: February 14th, 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) Tags:Danny Mooneyindoor 1500 championLetterkenny AC
Mr Patrick Ward: Pic Copyright – North West News PixA man with a staggering 57 previous convictions including a hit-and-run conviction was granted a €100 bond at Letterkenny District Court today and instructed to attend the next sitting of Tuam District Court later this month. Patrick Ward, 14 Reids Apartments, Stranorlar, appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with being intoxicated in a public place. Gardaí arrested Mr Ward on the 10th of June 2013, for being intoxicated in a public place and refusing to give them his personal details.When Gardaí made attempts to move Mr Ward on, they became confrontational and the Gardaí were forced to arrest him.The court heard how Mr Ward had accumulated 57 previous convictions, and were informed by Gardaí that he was convicted of a hit-and-run incident on the 22nd of January 2013 at Tuam District Court.Mr Ward was bound to the peace for two years and given a two-year suspended sentence for the hit-and-run incident.Judge Paul Kelly granted Mr Ward a €100 bond, and instructed the defendant to attend the next sitting at Tuam District Court for a hearing later this month.MAN WITH 57 PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS GIVEN BOND BY LETTERKENNY COURT was last modified: June 5th, 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:57 previous convictionscourtsLetterkenny CourtnewsPatrick WardTuam Court