Local content not treated as priority by Govt

first_imgDear Editor,It has been 1555 days since ExxonMobil announced the discovery of oil in commercial quantities offshore Guyana. The APNU/AFC has not produced a final Local Content Policy to date, a draft is promised soon. No local content legislation was drafted or introduced by the APNU/AFC in those 1555 days. For this reason alone, this collection of incompetents known as “the coalition” should never be re-elected, ever.What exactly is local content? And why is it so important to all Guyanese? Practically, local content is the development of local skills, oil and gas technology transfer, and use of local manpower and local manufacturing, in other words, building a workforce that is skilled and building a competitive supplier base. This is where Guyanese can benefit via the all-important jobs and business opportunities that oil brings with exploration and production. Without a Local Content Policy and enabling legislation, Guyanese are fighting for crumbs that fall off the big table.The APNU/AFC does not believe local content is important; the task was not treated as a priority, it was left to Dr Mark Bynoe, a part-time lecturer at the University of Guyana, with no known experience in the business world. Bynoe was not furnished with a large budget to hire experts globally, he was given a small budget and he plunked for Mr Wilks, a retired oilman and DAI Global, a company already in the employ of ExxonMobil locally. This level of neglect may not attract a criminal charge, but it should.Clues as to why local content has not garnered the serious attention it deserves are in the actions of the APNU/AFC; the structure of the National Resource Fund as passed (illegally) puts control of revenues in the hands of one man, a politician, whoever is the Minister of Finance would have an unhealthy control over every person associated with the management of these funds. The APNU/AFC has passed legislation that has no effective checks and balances. Given the APNU/AFC’s track record of incompetence, jet-set lifestyles and incompetence, I cannot envisage a fund that grows; it will be more like the gold reserves which have declined from $16.268 billion in June 2015 to $589.3 million today, a decline of 96.4 per cent!The businessmen of Guyana know how badly APNU/AFC has failed them, now, you, the people, can judge for yourselves.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for Fort St. John and Fort Nelson

first_imgPlease continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm. The forecast for Fort St. John says the community could see thunderstorms at around 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. Sunday.  In Fort Nelson, the forecast says the region could see thunderstorms between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.See the full warning below:Severe Thunderstorm WATCH issued for Northern BC including #DeaseLake, #FortNelson, #FortStJohn, #AlaskaHighway https://t.co/ksPoT5uxC3 #BCStorm— ECCC Weather British Columbia (@ECCCWeatherBC) June 30, 2019Advertisement Severe thunderstorm watch issued for:B.C. North Peace River, B.C. (087320)Muncho Lake Park – Stone Mountain Park, B.C. (088200)Fort Nelson, B.C. (088100)Current details:Widespread thunderstorms are expected today and there is the potential for some of these storms to become severe with strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Advertisementcenter_img UPDATE as of 6pm – At 5:59 p.m. MST, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a cluster of severe thunderstorms capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.At 18:00 MST the cluster is approximately 80 km northwest of Fort St John near Wonowon and tracking southeastward along Highway 97 at approximately 50 km/h.Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!- Advertisement -Severe thunderstorm warnings are issued when imminent or occurring thunderstorms are likely to produce or are producing one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Another day, another severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the North Peace.On top of the North Peace, the watch is also in place for Fort Nelson and Muncho Lake.Advertisementlast_img read more

Nighthawk set for retirement

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card New Mexico Sens. Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman, who represent Holloman Air Force Base from where the F-117As are deployed, vowed to review the Air Force plans to ensure the aircraft is not being retired prematurely. The proposed plan calls for retiring 10 aircraft, with the remainder to be put out of service in 2008. While the Nighthawk may be what some defense experts call “aging iron,” Dan Goure, a senior analyst for the Lexington Institute defense think tank in Washington, D.C., questioned the wisdom of retiring it with only a handful of F-22s and no F-35 joint strike fighters online yet to replace them. “It’s pretty damn risky,” Goure said. Likewise for the U-2, he said, “The question is: Do we really have anything at present to replace it?” The 2007 budget also delivered a long-anticipated blow to Long Beach, officially revealing that the Pentagon will not request any more Boeing Co. C-17 military cargo transports once the current order for 180 planes is fulfilled in 2008. While the plan calls for storing production equipment to keep open the possibility of procuring more C-17s in the future, officials noted that stopping and reopening the line would double the price of the aircraft, making it an unlikely scenario. WASHINGTON – The F-117A Nighthawk, the stealth fighter that launched Operation Iraqi Freedom, is “long in the tooth” and among the Southern California defense programs being put out to pasture, Pentagon officials said Monday as they unveiled a record $493.3 billion budget that eliminates some of the region’s most prominent aircraft. In addition to retiring the Nighthawk, the budget calls for retiring the U-2 reconnaissance aircraft, both modified by Lockheed Martin workers in Palmdale, while making room for the unmanned Global Hawk reconnaissance aircraft. That aircraft, a Northrop Grumman program, also is assembled in Palmdale. “This is a function of modernization on the Air Force’s part,” Vice Adm. Evan Chanik, the Joint Staff’s director of force structure, said Monday of the cuts. “It allows them to take older aircraft that are getting long in the tooth, that are costing more to maintain, more to fly (and) allows them to modernize the force.” Lockheed Martin spokeswoman Dianne Knippel said the company is “disappointed” with the Pentagon’s decision on the Nighthawk and U-2s, but noted that with the president’s annual proposed budget, “submission is always the first step.” Without the intervention of Congress, the U.S. faces the closure of the last assembly line capable of building large transport planes, said David Sommers, spokesman for Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe. The Long Beach plant employs 6,500. “That’s the last one. That’s it,” Sommers said. Lisa Friedman, (202) 662-8731 lisa.friedman@langnews.com 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

DONEGAL’S MIGRATORY BIRDS STILL HERE THANKS TO GOOD WEATHER

first_imgDonegal’s visiting bird population have delayed their exodus to warmer climates thanks to our unseasonably high temperatures.Tens of thousands of migratory birds including swallows, warblers and housemartins would normally have started their exit – mostly to various parts of Africa by now.But Niall Hatch of Birdwatch Ireland has revealed that our summer visitors are staying a little longer this year as temperatures topped 25C in parts of the country on Wednesday. “Birds don’t have calendars and decide they have to go on a certain date. They go by the climate change.“And thanks to the unseasonably warm weather they are staying longer this year,” he said.And he explained that the increase in temperatures could have a knock-on affect for the chances of many birds survival in Ireland for future generations.Mr Hatch explained how many birds are now feeding as much as they can before they make their 8,000 km journey. “Thanks to the good weather, there is an abundance of flies and other insects which many of these birds are stocking up on.“That will stand them in good stead to make their long journeys and hopefully be able to return to Ireland again next year.“A lot of species suffered this summer because of gorse fires and perhaps this is nature’s way of balancing that out,” he said.As well as insect eaters including swallows and warblers, other birds including many species of tern also migrate at this time of year.Ends DONEGAL’S MIGRATORY BIRDS STILL HERE THANKS TO GOOD WEATHER was last modified: September 29th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more