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Amanda Brooks, Al Wilson Join Southland Staff

first_img#SouthlandStrong FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference has added Amanda Brooks and Al Wilson to its staff, league commissioner Tom Burnett announced Monday.Brooks is the new Business Operations Assistant and will be involved with the Conference’s financial management including budgeting, purchasing, accounts payable, payroll services and payment for officiating services. She will also be directly involved with ordering and sales of merchandise at Conference championship events. A native of Rockwall, Texas, Brooks earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and is currently pursuing her MBA from the University of North Texas. Prior to coming to Frisco, she spent two years at UTSA serving in the business office and as Assistant to the Athletics Director.Wilson joins the Southland as the Championships and Marketing Assistant. He is a 2019 graduate of Conference member Nicholls State University, where he was a three-year letterman as a lineman on the Colonel football team. He served as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and was the managing editor for Garde Voir Ci magazine his senior year. Wilson also founded the Student-Athlete Institute of Leadership (SAIL) to help hone leadership and teamwork skills among his peers. A mass communication major with a concentration in journalism and a minor in creative writing, he was a student assistant in the Nicholls’ Sports Information Department. Wilson is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.“We are very pleased to add Amanda and Al to the Southland staff,” Burnett said. “Both already have outstanding records as young professionals, and we look forward to their contributions to the conference.”last_img read more

McKay scrambles for points

first_imgTHE scramble for points to qualify for Jamaica’s combined martial arts team’s 2016 squad continues this weekend with former captain Jason McKay heading to the New York circuit in 14th spot, desperately needing to climb four places up the rankings.The veteran fighter will participate in two of New York’s toughest tournaments in a bid to make up lost ground on fighters who have gained points on the local circuit, in addition to the United States Open in July, as well asvarious championships in Portugal, South Africa, Italy and, most recently, Russia.twin towers startMcKay, whose points tally has been affected by him travelling as a coach five times this season, competing only twice, will start his bid at the 24th Twin Towers Classic International Martial Arts Competition, which features karate, tae kwon do and kung fu open at the Resorts World Casino, Queens, New York, on Saturday.On Sunday, he will be in action at the 20th New York Taekwon-Do Tournament, hosted by Queens Taekwon-Do Center at Queens College Fitzgerald Gymnasium.Queens Taekwon-Do Center is operated by eighth-degree Master Ruben Suarez and is the home of the Carlos brothers, Emmanuel and Julio, a two-time International Taekwon-Do Federation world lightweight sparring champion.”I have only competed twice this year. I won at the New York Legacy Cup and took home bronze from the United States Taekwon-Do Federation Nationals in Boston,” McKay told The Gleaner.”Being the founder and former captain of the team does not exclude me from qualifying like everybody else. I have been sharing duties as coach, but those were my decisions, so I have to get down in the tunnels now,” he added.McKay is aiming to make the squad for a 15th consecutive season.- A.W.last_img read more

Govt says decommissioning included in agreement

first_imgGovernment has debunked claims that decommissioning has not been included in the agreement it signed with U.S oil giant ExxonMobil, cautioning citizens to be careful of so-called pundits.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman has said that Guyanese must equip themselves with the necessary knowledge to be able to determine right from wrong, and who is telling the truth.Natural Resources Minster, Raphael TrotmanThe Minister was referring to recent comments made by former Parliamentarian Charles Ramson Jr, who claimed that no provisions were made to exclude decommissioning costs from “cost oil.”ExxonMobil is expected to use revenue from its production in order to recoup its capital investment. This will be categorised as “cost oil”. Whatever remains of this is the ‘profit oil,’ which Guyana will have to split between the oil company and its associates.Decommissioning, on the other hand, is a process consisting of the removal of industrial installations and any relevant structures that have come to the end of their productive life in a certain industry, particularly oil.Trotman said, “Everyone has pronounced himself or herself an expert, and I don’t know if the Ministry (Natural Resources) could try to answer every so-called expert every day.“But it would be absurd that we won’t consider decommissioning …the Petroleum Exploration and Production Act deals with that. It states how the decommissioning should be done.”According to him, ExxonMobil has a licence which deals with the decommissioning. In fact, the Minister explained, the cost will be shared by both parties when that time has arrived.In fact, Article 5 of the oil agreement signed between the two parties speaks to relinquishment, referring to several sections of the Petroleum Exploration and Production Act which deals with decommissioning.Ramson had said that in an offshore production, such as where Guyana’s well is located, the costs can range in the region of a few million dollars to over US$500 million per oil and gas reservoir, for which plugging and abandonment is one of the highest cost factors – representing about 60 per cent of the total decommissioning cost.The former MP had claimed that ExxonMobil can write off any decommissioning cost as expenses and that would significantly lessen future revenue for Guyana, or ExxonMobil could seek partial funding from the Guyana Government to offset that cost, as is being done in the UK.Ramson also alluded to Guyana missing out on a chance to have a stake in the venture, as a partner with Exxon. He noted that because of this, the country had lost revenue, not to mention a chance to be recognised at an international level.But it was impossible for Guyana not to include decommissioning in its laws, especially when this process is legally governed by an international regulatory framework.On the decommission dealt with at international level, the main legal international principles (meaning principles not covering decommissioning within the States’ territorial waters, where it is entirely regulated by national laws) are contained in the 1958 Geneva Convention on the Continental Shelf and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, among others.There is also a human rights aspect to the decommissioning, especially since there is consideration of the dangerous nature of these activities on the environment and human life. And if decommissioning is not done to standard, it represents a huge risk for the life of the companies involved.For such reasons, in recent years, oil and gas companies have become increasingly active in paying proper attention to the international legislation addressing the care and protection of human rights.The 2013 Oil and Gas Sector Guide on Implementing the UN Guiding Principle on Business and Human Rights, issued by EU, aims at identifying a set of human rights affected by the activities in the oil and gas sector, as well as at providing guidance on how to spread knowledge about their existence with a view to promoting their protection through proper risk management activities.last_img read more

Region 7 roads to be tolled – Patterson

first_imgRoads in the Cuyuni/Mazaruni region will soon be tolled following the completion of various road projects. This is according to Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson who said the strategy will aid in the maintenance and sustainability of the infrastructure.Public Infrastructure MinisterDavid Patterson“Soon we will be finished upgrading the roads. I would hope that we can work along with the region on this,” Minister Patterson is quoted as saying by the Department of Public Information. He made the comments upon conducting the inspection of the hinterland projects during his recent trip to the region. It was observed that work needs to be done on the Amaila Falls road, which is heavily traversed, especially by trucks from the gold company – Troy Resources.He noted that’s the tolls collected will go directly to the region for the proper maintenance and care of the roads since it will be generated from those in the region. Minister Patterson encouraged the town council to create a road plan and work along with his Ministry on the idea.Regional Chairman of Region Seven RDC, Gordon BradfordRegional Chairman of Region Seven, Gordon Bradford said the Council welcomes the idea of tolling the roads and believes it is vital for the upkeep of the roads. He explained that in previous years, the strategy was used in the region and aided in the preservation of several roads leading to Mahdia.Echoing his sentiments, Mayor of Bartica, Gifford Marshall, explained the town council has deliberated the issue of tolling the roads for some time. However, he believes the Ministry will have to be the implementing body of the strategy.Marshall said during the next regular statutory meeting, the council will craft a “road plan” to which it will seek the approval of the Regional Democratic Council before sharing with the Infrastructure Ministry.The Ministry has ongoing works on the roads from Mahdia to the Denham Bridge and Miles 78 on the Bartica-Potaro trail to Mile 96 (Cassandra Crossing).last_img read more

PPP calls for due diligence by GECOM

first_imgVoters’ List sanitisation…says dead persons’ names still on voters listWhile the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has expressed some level of satisfaction over the fact that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and various stakeholders are engaged in a process to update and sanitise the list of registered electors, the Party is also calling for due diligence to be exercised.One of the tasks undertaken by GECOM and stakeholders is to cleanse the list of deceased persons, based upon information generated by the General Registrar’s Office (GRO), which is responsible for the issuance of certificates of death. This is something the Party has repeatedly called for.“The PPP calls upon GECOM to exercise greater care and due diligence in their attempts to sanitise the list. We will continue to partner with GECOM and other stakeholders, in a concerted effort, to produce a list of registered electors that is accurate and whose integrity can withstand objective scrutiny,” it stated.The removal of names of persons who have died from the list of registered electors is a responsibility of GECOM and is guided by strict laws and rules, the Party reminded. Only on the basis of a certified list of persons who have died, issued by the GRO, can GECOM remove a person’s name.“It is, therefore, imperative that we emphasise that names cannot be removed from the list on the ground that persons are dead, unless confirmation is received from the GRO,” the PPP asserted.The Party therefore noted that GECOM issued five lists of persons who have died between December 2015, and March 2016. One of the lists, according to them, is of persons who have died but whose names are not on the list of registered electors (that is persons who never registered).The PPP said it has conducted a review of this particular list and has discovered a significant number of names which are in fact on the list of registered electors. “This list is, therefore, not accurate. As a result, the names of deceased persons will continue to be on the list of registered electors,” it pointed out.In March, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo called for an audit to be done on the digitisation of records at the General Registrar’s Office (GRO). His comments were followed by Citizenship Minister Winston Felix, who claimed that the process is transparent and one that does not include partisanship.However, the Opposition Leader feels that there might be attempts to fiddle with the registration process at the GRO using the digitisation of records as the cover for “fictitious names being registered, which could then be used, (seeing) that it is registered with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).”Jagdeo said he would also urge GECOM to pay careful attention to the issue, because the integrity of that entity’s data base would depend heavily on the source documents being issued by the GRO.Jagdeo said he would also urge GECOM to pay careful attention to the issue, because the integrity of that entity’s data base would depend heavily on the source documents being issued by the GRO.“But (it is) not just GECOM that has to worry, but all the foreign embassies and everyone else; because if people have fake Guyanese documents and some of them are not Guyanese, they pass through here and just get the fake documents for the purpose of registration, they can eventually secure passports and a whole range of other documents,” Jagdeo opined.The Opposition Leader is asserting that the integrity of the disgitisation process is vital.“We in the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) are paying careful attention to this, given what has happened historically — that the heavy padding of the voters list with fictitious names was a norm under previous Government sometime back in our history,” Jagdeo recalled.Earlier, Region One Chairman Brentnol Ashley, had raised concerns about the active participation and involvement of Government Member of Parliament (MP) Richard Allen in the affairs and functions of several State agencies and elected bodies in the region.Ashley complained about MP Allen’s active involvement with the GRO visiting team issuing birth certificates in the region, and had noted that the MP was not employed at any of those agencies.The Regional Chairman went on to disclose that he had even received reports of Allen personally distributing birth certificates in bulk to people in various communities.last_img read more

CH&PA seeking avenues to repossess developers’ land

first_imgThe Central Housing and Planning Authority (CHPA) has sought legal advice on repossessing lands given out by the previous Administration to developers who have failed to honour their contractual agreements.A partially developed housing area on the East Bank of DemeraraCommunities Minister Ronald Bulkan said that advice has been sought from the Attorney General’s Chambers “to see what efforts towards repossessing a number of those areas, if it may be necessary”. The Minister made the announcement during a press conference late last week.Minister Bulkan explained that the CH&PA was in talks with the developers and repossession would only occur if engagements and discussions indicated that the developers could not complete the infrastructural works and housing units that they had committed to under the Agreement of Sale.The Minister stated that the present Administration was disappointed over the lack of progress made since the lands were sold.“It is clear that the commitments that were given by a number of those private developers to develop new housing areas and the allocations that they would have received, that there is very little progress to show in those areas,” Bulkan said.The CH&PA recently indicated that there were no available house lots in Region Four to allocate to persons. Minister within the Communities Ministry, Valerie Sharpe-Patterson, who has responsibility for housing, noted that the Government would be investing in housing units.last_img read more

Senators scrutinize rating agencies

first_imgVickie Tillman, executive vice president of credit market services for S&P, a subsidiary of McGraw-Hill Cos., said there is no collaboration between S&P and investment banks that issue debt, but acknowledged that the agency has an “open dialogue” with sellers of mortgage securities. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Several members of the Senate Banking Committee questioned rating agency executives about whether they provided advice to investment banks that issue complex mortgage securities tied to subprime home loans. “It seems to me that credit rating agencies are playing both coach and referee,” said Sen. Robert Menendez, D.-N.J. The rating agencies’ seal of approval effectively concealed the true risks of those investments, lawmakers said, comparing the agencies’ lack of foresight about the risks inherent in the subprime mortgage market with their failure to anticipate the collapse of Enron Corp. and WorldCom. Senators were particularly concerned with a key aspect of the agencies’ business models: they get paid by the companies whose bonds they rate. That’s like a film production company paying a critic to review a movie, and then using that review in its advertising, said Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky. Executives from S&P and Moody’s Corp. said their methodology for monitoring the risk of mortgage-backed bonds was sound, but also pledged improvement. By Alan Zibel THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Senators accused executives from major credit rating agencies on Wednesday of being hampered by conflicts of interest that may have contributed to the mortgage market turmoil rattling investors worldwide. The biggest rating agencies – Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings – are under fire from critics who say they failed to give investors adequate warning of the risks associated with mortgage-backed securities. Those investments are plummeting in value as home-loan defaults soar, particularly among borrowers with weak, or subprime, credit histories. last_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS….EIGHTY pupils from Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin in Letterkenny have just arrived home from the National Concert Hall in Dublin – with a top trophy and a very large cheque.Not only did they reach the national final of the Waltons Music for Schools Competition, they took second place in the prestigious competitionThey performed ‘Draíocht an Cheoil’ (Magic of Music) before a sold-out crowd at the NCH – and won a standing ovation.Judges said the Letterkenny school’s performance was first class and helped win a prize of €1,500! So good in fact, that a special Garda escort was on hand at the Dry Arch Roundabout to escort the children back to the school.You can watch how good they are by pressing play on the video above – the video which got them picked for the final.Maith Sibh!The Gaelscoil children on stage at the National Concert Hall todaySome of the children back in Letterkenny tonightWinners: Some of the pupils back home tonight after their 6am start  GAELSCOIL ADHAMHNÁIN MUSIC GROUP VICTORIOUS AT NATIONAL CONCERT HALL was last modified: May 12th, 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:dublingaelscoil ADHAMNÁINletterkennyNational Concert Halllast_img read more

Business is cat’s meow

first_imgBUSINESS NAME: Cat Business BUSINESS ADDRESS: P.O. Box 109, Topanga PHONE: (310) 455-0550 WEB SITE: OWNER: Mollie Hogan ESTABLISHED: 2005 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: One DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS: Cat Business is a unique service that provides personalized training and behavior-solving problems for felines and their humans. I visit people and their domestic housecats in their homes and help them learn to work with their cats, deal with problem behaviors and improve their relationships. IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? No WHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? I’m the founder of The Nature of Wildworks, a nonprofit wildlife center that provides public outreach programs using wild animals at We often feature wild and exotic cats in the show, and the most-asked question from the audience is, “How do you train a cat?” WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? I’ve been a wildcat trainer for 25 years, and when the public seemed interested in cat training, I got the idea to apply the same techniques I use with the show animals to people’s housecats at home. HOW LONG WAS IT FROM CONCEPT TO OPENING? Six months. WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME? I wrote a couple articles for newspapers, placed an ad in a local magazine and started getting clients almost instantly. WHAT WERE YOUR STARTUP COSTS AND HOW DID YOU FINANCE THE BUSINESS? About $1,000 from savings, just for advertising. WHO DID YOU RELY ON FOR ADVICE? Friends who were business owners and animal lovers. WHAT HADN’T YOU CONSIDERED BEFORE OPENING? Not much. It’s like I predicted it to be. WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED REVENUE THIS YEAR? $5,000, but you never know. WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE COMPANY? I would like to see the company grow tremendously. My vision is for this unique endeavor to expand and develop into a service that’s offered to clients throughout Southern California and beyond. Even to the level of setting up a school for cat trainers to employ qualified people to serve clients. To be considered for a small business profile, you should have fewer than 10 employees and be locally based. For a free profile questionnaire, call (818) 713-3699. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want 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


first_imgKarl Lacey will make his first start of the year for Donegal in Sunday’s Ulster final against Monaghan.The Footballer of the Year hasn’t lined out since last year’s All-Ireland final against Mayo apart from appeareding as a replacement in the first round against Tyrone before undergoing knee surgery.Lacey replaces Declan Walsh who started against Down. “It’s a huge lift to us,” manager Jim McGuinness said last night when he revealed the team at a Club Tír Chonaill function in Letterkenny.“Karl has been working very hard to get his fitness back with the strength and conditioning coaches in Dublin and he has made great strides.”Midfielder Neil Gallagher will, however, miss his second successive Ulster final due to strained knee ligaments.A year ago, a chipped ankle bone prevented the Glenswilly man his playing against Down. The team is – P Durcan; P McGrath, N McGee, E McGee; A Thompson, K Lacey, F McGlynn; R Bradley, R Kavanagh; M McHugh, L McLoone, David Walsh; P McBrearty, M Murphy, C McFadden.LACEY TO START AS MCGUINNESS NAMES HIS STARTING TEAM FOR ULSTER FINAL was last modified: July 19th, 2013 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:donegalJim McGuinnesskarl laceyNeil Gallagherlast_img read more