SARU sets sights on logging companies

first_imgA section of the BaiShanLin operations in Guyana… State robbed of hundreds of millions of US dollars annually − PhillipsThe Government’s State Asset Recovery Unit (SARU) has set its sights firmly on Guyana’s logging sector, since the State is being robbed of hundreds of millions of US dollars on an annual basis through underpricing and price transfers among other unscrupulous practices.This is according to SARU Executive Member, Dr Eric Phillips. The SARU operative was at the time responding to assertions made by Janette Bulkan and John Palmer that Government has been losing millions annually through the shady practices and called on SARU to investigate with a view to recovering what they termed lost State assets.Speaking exclusively with Guyana Times on Tuesday, Dr Phillips said Bulkan is right and the matter is something that entity will be vigorously pursuing in the coming days.He told this publication that the entity has already begun having monthly meetings with land stakeholders in Guyana, such as the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC), the Guyana Land and Surveys Commission, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission and the Mahaica Mahaicony/Abary land development group among others, to begin to rectify the annual losses being incurred by the State through varying anomalies.Monthly meetingsHe said the monthly meetings are already being held with about eight such bodies and are looking at issues such as the negligible leases being paid for large swaths of land across the country for logging and mining among other activities.According to Phillips, the entities have begun to look at ways to have many of the applicable rates be revised so that Government can be able to benefit from its fair share of the natural resources being exploited by the many large companies – many of which are overseas-based.On the matter of the price transfers and underpricing, Dr Phillips told Guyana Times that this is a matter that will be taking prominence on SARU’s agenda.Phillips went on to say that Bulkan has already submitted a range of documents related to the matter at hand which the investigative body has begun looking at.Bulkan, along with Palmer, was quoted in sections of the media on Tuesday questioning “which Government Ministry or agency deals with persistent underpricing of public assets.”Bulkan is of the view that the matter should be dealt with by SARU and argues that the monies lost by the State through the unscrupulous practice does in fact constitute lost State assets that must be recovered.Wamara logsShe used as an example the export of Wamara logs – one of Guyana’s premier high-priced wood species – and said that over 100,000 cubic metres (m3) of Wamara logs were exported to China in 2014 alone.According to Bulkan, the Freight on Board (FoB) price for Wamara logs declared in Georgetown was in the range US$200-220/m3 in 2014.Containerised log freight and insurance Georgetown to China is in the range US$25-36/m3 according to the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association and Cost Insurance and Freight (CIF) reported by China Customs US$700-1000/m3.Bulkan in pointing out the glaring inconsistencies, explains that “the equation FoB+freight+ insurance=CIF, clearly does not work with these values, and the obvious explanation for the US$500/m3 discrepancy is transfer pricing….100,000 m3 X US$500/m3 = US$50 million.”According to Bulkan, no part of this sum was returned to Guyana’s Consolidated Fund and the GFC has over the years denied that large scale logging companies operating locally such as BaiShanLin, have been engaged in the practice despite the fact it offers no contrary evidence.“Underpricing leads to lower export commissions on the logs than the law provides, and on this massive scale the loss of revenue is considerable,” said BulkanThe illicit financial flows out of Guyana have since been estimated by the Washington-based Global Financial Integrity at US$84 million in 2003 rising almost continuously to US$440 million in 2012It has been reported that around half of the illicit flows between 2003 and 2012 are as a result of export under-invoicing.Bulkan in her assessment has stated that the logs harvested from State forests and shipped to China cannot be retrieved and restored to be living trees again, so to that extent, these State assets cannot be recovered, “but the lost revenue can be recovered.”She said too that the private property and other assets acquired through the contraventions of the civil service Code of Conduct (Integrity Commission Act) would surely come under the purview of SARU and if this is the case, “let us hope to see them high up in the list for early prosecution,” a commitment now given by SARU’s head, Dr Phillips.last_img read more

Danny Murphy explains why he is ‘not worried’ about Spurs’ quiet summer

first_img REVEALED Latest transfer gossip on Danny Murphy has urged Tottenham Hotspur fans to stop moaning about the club’s lack of spending this summer, saying it’s a sign of how strong their team is.Spurs haven’t made a single signing in the summer transfer window, while their Premier League top four rivals have all strengthened.DONE DEALS: Every Premier League signing in the 2018 summer window so farThe north London club are said to have dropped their interest in Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, but they remain locked in talks over a deal for Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish and have also been linked with a move for Celta de Vigo midfielder Stanislav Lobotka.It pales in comparison to the likes of Liverpool, who have splashed out around £175million this summer on goalkeeper Alisson, midfielders Naby Keita and Fabinho, plus Swiss forward Xherdan Shaqiri. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer moving on “They’ve got players like Lucas Moura on the bench, they have Harry Winks coming through, who is probably one of the best young midfielders I’ve seen I recent seasons and Davinson Sanchez who did brilliantly at the World Cup.“So I don’t worry so much about Tottenham.”Listen back to Danny Murphy on talkSPORT above! Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January RANKED LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father center_img Tottenham could land Jack Grealish from Aston Villa – but his arrival may not appease frustrated Spurs fans  targets Lucas Moura has impressed in pre-season and is expected to play a bigger role for Spurs this term IN DEMAND But Murphy says he is ‘not worried’ about Spurs’ lack of spending ahead of the new season, insisting they have a strong squad with plenty of options on the bench.Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, Murphy said: “Tottenham fans are worried about the lack of investment, but you don’t always need to spend for the sake of spending.“You’ve got to buy some real quality to get in that Tottenham first XI.“Would Zaha or Martial make a difference for Tottenham? Yes, of course they would, they are top quality players who would add something to their team.“But they know what they’re doing.“Like Manchester City, they’ve got their tactics and philosophy ingrained in them by the manager and the superb coaching he does, and they got the new stadium which will give everyone a boost.“You see people moaning about Tottenham not making signings, but they have competition for places. targets Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LIVING THE DREAM 2 2 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star last_img read more


first_imgTickets for the All-Ireland Football Final between Donegal and Mayo are already fetching more than SIX times their face value.As fans begin the hunt for the golden passes, it has already become clear that many may have to pay well above the odds to see their heroes at Croker Park.A number of on-line agencies are demanding hugely inflated prices for the game. One online ticket agency is offering the cheapest tickets in the Upper Davin Stand for a wallet-thumping €300 while seats in the Hogan or Cusack Lower Tiers are being advertised for €500 each.It is estimated that Donegal clubs will get a total of up to 14,000 tickets despite the fact that more than 35,000 Donegal fans attended the semi-final against Cork.Fans are being advised to try all possible avenues and contacts to get their hands on tickets.Fans are also testing the water in a bid to get their hands on tickets. One fan, Lisa Boyle, has put an advert on the DoneDeal website offering €150 per ticket and is looking for up to 8 tickets.She also said she is willing to pay more cash for better seats and will take pairs of seats.County Secretary Hugh Martin Ferry has told fans to try all in their powers to get a ticket warning that many clubs will simply not have enough to meet demand.Most clubs are offering adult members tickets first and then trying to accommodate the juvenile members. COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – ‘CHEAPEST’ ALL IRELAND FINAL TICKET NOW FETCHING €300 was last modified: September 6th, 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:All Ireland ticketsdemanddonegalMayolast_img read more


first_imgSenator O’DomhnaillFianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill is calling on the Finance Minister to compensate Setanta Insurance customers following the liquidation of the company.Around 75,000 customers in Ireland have been affected by the winding down of the firm, which has its headquarters in Malta.The company sent cancellation notices to all customers at the beginning of the month, which means that all policies will be null and void by the end of this week. Senator Ó Domhnaill commented: “Thousands of Irish insurance customers – many here in Donegal – have been left high and dry following the collapse of this company. Many of them bought their policy in good faith and paid for their cover up front.“They’re now left out of pocket and without insurance, and will have to pay again to get their van or commercial vehicle covered. This will place a massive financial burden on these customers, who find themselves having to pay twice for insurance, at a time when money is already extremely scarce.“Minister Noonan’s reaction to the situation has been far from satisfactory. He has advised policy holders to arrange alternative cover without delay. He doesn’t seem to realise that it will be extremely difficult for many people to find the money to pay for a second policy.“His comments are uncaring and cavalier and demonstrate the fact that this Government is completely out of touch with the realities of people’s lives. Customers should not be asked to pay twice for an insurance policy for the same vehicle for the same year because of regulation failures in the insurance market. “People are already paying for lax regulation in the insurance sector through the 2% levy imposed on all home and motor policies in 2012 following the collapse of Quinn Insurance. Despite this costly measure, the Government failed to do anything to address these shortcomings and now Setanta Insurance customers are paying the price again”, added Senator Ó Domhnaill“The Government should provide free alternative insurance cover to these policyholders or ensure that all Setanta customers are fully insured until their renewal date”. Ó DOMHNAILL DEMANDS COMPENSATION FOR DONEGAL DRIVERS CAUGHT IN INSURANCE SCANDAL was last modified: May 30th, 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)last_img read more


first_imgPatrick Gildea has some great tips on happy and beautiful hair.We often get asked what the key is to having beautiful hair. Quite simply healthy hair is beautiful!Changing your hair care routine slightly can help to give you the hair that you really want. Everything from using the correct shampoo and conditioner suitable to your hair type to simply washing it correctly can all have a big impact on how your hair looks and feels.Have you noticed how good your hair looks and feels after a well-executed shampoo? Doing it wrong can make your hair look very dull and lifeless. Patrick Gildea Hairdressing, voted RSVP’s Best Salon in Ireland have compiled a list of the most common hair washing mistakes and how to avoid them!!You’re washing your hair too often.Beautiful hair is often hair that’s not washed as often as you think! Three times a week is sufficient for most hair types. Hair produces more oil when washed too often which can make it look very oily- not a look that many people like!Washing your hair in very hot water. As relaxing as a hot shower can be, exposing your strands to very high temperatures dehydrates your hair and leaves it looking dry and lifeless. Though there’s no perfect exact temperature, it is preferable to keep it on the lukewarm/cooler side which helps to lock in the moisture, benefits your hair in the long-run and closes the cuticle easier which gives more shine!Scrubbing your scalp.Don’t forget that healthy hair starts at the scalp so it is important to be gentle when washing the root. Don’t use your finger nails or scrub the scalp too harshly i.e. massaging the scalp with the palms of your hands is ideal and kind! We recommend shampooing twice- it usually does the trick!Using the correct shampoo and conditionerYou wouldn’t use a moisturizer on your face for dry skin if your skin was oily and it is the same with your hair. It is important to choose a shampoo and conditioner that is suitable for your hair and scalp type. If you’ve got oily hair, consider a purifying shampoo and if your hair is dry consider using something more moisturizing such as Wella Professionals hydrate range. If you are not sure what is right for you ask your stylist who will prescribe exactly what you need. Give conditioner time to work.Time can often be very tight in the mornings – jumping in and out of the shower but do try and spend a little extra time to let your conditioner work! Unlike shampoo, it’s not about a quick massage and rinse. You should apply conditioner on the mid- lengths and ends. While the product is still in your hair, use a wide-tooth comb to detangle and leave the conditioner in for a few minutes but make sure that you don’t leave it on too long or you could leave a residue. We recommend leaving the conditioner for two minutes and rinse thoroughlyDon’t be harsh.You may be out of the shower, but your job isn’t done just yet. The way you treat your hair after washing is so important to its overall health and appearance. After you towel-dry, it’s always good to put some heat protecting spray on your hair especially if you plan on using a hot styling tool. Remember, if you do plan on using a hot tool, you should never ever use it on hair that is even slightly damp. Hair needs to be fully dry before applying such heat or it will burn and damage your hair. For more tips see GILDEA’S WEEKLY HAIR TIP – THE KEY TO HAPPY, HEALTHY, BEAUTIFUL HAIR was last modified: September 9th, 2015 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:donegalhair tipsletterkennyPatrick Gildealast_img read more

Fernandes proud of QPR’s ‘incredibly positive start’

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Tony Fernandes took to Twitter following QPR’s defeat at Middlesbrough and insisted they can be proud of their performance – and their start to the season.Rangers were beaten 3-2 at the Riverside Stadium and have mounting injury problems, especially in defence.Captain Nedum Onuoha faces three months on the sidelines with a torn hamstring, joining fellow defenders such as James Perch and Grant Hall on the injured list.But co-chairman Fernandes urged fans to be patient.This is an incredibly positive start. Long way to go. Let’s get some of our squad back fit. Well done boys— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) September 16, 2017With so many of our first team defenders out injured. Proud of how we played. Patience . Away from home and we came close.— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) September 16, 2017last_img read more

UN unveils gay rights campaign in SA

first_img31 July 2013The United Nations chose South Africa for the launch of “Free & Equal”, a global campaign to promote respect for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.The campaign was launched by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and South African Constitutional Court Justice Edwin Cameron in Cape Town on Friday.A 2011 report by the UN Human Rights Office found an alarming pattern of brutal violence and widespread discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in all regions of the world. In 76 countries, adult same-sex relationships are criminalized, exposing lesbian, gay and bisexual people to the risk of arrest, imprisonment, torture and, in five countries, the death penalty.South Africa was the first country in the world to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation, and the fifth country in the world and the first in Africa to legalize same-sex marriage.Speaking at Friday’s launch, Pillay argued that eradicating discrimination of any kind required more than just changes in laws and policies; it took a change in people’s hearts and minds as well.“Changing attitudes is never easy,” Pillay said. “But it has happened on other issues and it is happening already in many parts of the world on this one. It begins with often difficult conversations. With this campaign, we want to help start and inform millions of conversations among people around the world and across the ideological spectrum.”In addition to fact sheets and articles, Free & Equal will generate a stream of content – including short videos, infographics and testimonies – designed to dispel misconceptions and negative stereotypes and encourage people to look at the lives of LGBTI people through the eyes of LGBTI people and their families.All campaign materials will be made available on the campaign’s website, described Nelson Mandela as a great source of inspiration for the campaign and recalled his faith in education as the best weapon against prejudice.“He used to say that people are not born hating one another; they learn to hate,” Pillay said. “And that if people can learn to hate, they can be taught to love – that love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”The Free & Equal campaign was developed by the UN Human Rights Office and is implemented in partnership with non-profit organization the Purpose FoundationA number of global celebrities have already pledged their support for the campaign, including musician Ricky Martin, South African singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Bollywood actress Celina Jaitly, Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho, and Brazilian singer Daniela Mercury.Source: United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, with additional reporting by SAinfolast_img read more

Ohio Crop Progress — Nov. 19, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Harvest Slowly MovingSnow and wet weather delayed harvest again last week according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 2.2 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending November 18. Winter Storm Avery hit Ohio last week. Excessive moisture kept producers out of the fields and bought harvest to a halt in many areas. Topsoil moisture condition ratings increased to 71 percent surplus by week’s end, up from 67 percent last week. Elevators were still at capacity. Producers were hoping for drier conditions and colder temperatures to freeze the ground. The average moisture content of corn harvested last week was 17 percent and the average for soybeans was 15 percent. Winter wheat condition was rated 67 percent good to excellent, below last year’s rating at this time.Click here to see the full reportlast_img read more

De-radicalised 86 people in last two years, Maharashtra anti-terror squad

first_imgThe Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) de-radicalised 86 people in the last two years as part of its efforts to wean away misguided youth from the path of extremism in the aftermath of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, a senior official said on Sunday.Those who had strayed in the name of ‘jihad’ and brought into the mainstream include well-educated people like an aeronautical engineer and an IT professional, he said.Radicalised onlineHe said all these people, including eight women, had come in contact with their handlers via social networking sites and were radicalised online.They were on the verge of joining the IS or planning to work for it, but the law-enforcement agencies monitored their activities and successfully brought them back to the normal life, he said.The ATS approached the family members of these people and also roped in their community’s spiritual leaders and counsellors. After continuous efforts, all these people had been brought back into the mainstream, he said.The ATS, with the help of the government, offered training for suitable jobs and small loans through banks to start their own business, the official said.“It is our duty to bring them on the right track by counselling and all other efforts of de-radicalisation,” Maharashtra’s ATS chief Atulchandra Kulkarni said.last_img read more


first_imgThe South China Sea issue may figure in the talks withThe South China Sea issue may figure in the talks with Vietnamese leadership.China wants India to refrain from undertaking oil exploration in the Vietnamese blocks in order to ensure “peace and stability” in the South China Sea. PTI AKV RTlast_img