Give Back Friday draws in toy donations in support of Toys for Tots

first_imgVESTAL (WBNG) — The Children’s Charity of Greater Binghamton was at the Vestal Mirabito across from Target Friday morning to host the 13th annual Give Back Friday Toys for Tots campaign. Santa and his elves were out front of the convenience store collecting new toys and monetary donations from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. “We are firm believers of giving back to our community and this is such a great partnership. It makes us feel like we are supporting the people who need it the most especially this year,” said Lindsay Meehan the Public Relations Manager for Mirabito. “This year we definitely feel the community needs us more than ever with the COVID pandemic still going on, and a lot of families have needed us for several years. We think that it’s obviously more of a need this year,” said Liz Bucci the Spokesperson for the Children’s Charity. The virtual event will go live on the charity’s Facebook page at 7 pm Friday, Nov. 27. In conjunction with the toy drive, Mirabito was offering a gas sale at the location and was also serving up refreshments and cookies to those who came out in support. During previous years the toy drive also featured a live event at night that had live entertainment and raffle drawings, however, due to the pandemic this year the event was moved to a virtual format. For several years Mirabito has provided a convenient location for the toy drive This year the charity hopes they bring in more toys than ever to benefit the children in the community.last_img read more

What marked the Year of 2016 for Amel Tuka?

first_imgThe best BH athlete Amel Tuka did not achieve results in 2016 similar to those in 2015, and he said that he will remember the previous year after doping controls.In December, for the 12th time in 2016, the Anti-Doping Agency knocked on the doors of our BH athletes asking him for samples of urine and blood. Although it is a little unusual, Tuka says that he understands their frequent visits, but it is annoying when they come early in the morning.“It’s all part of the sport and we should let those people to do their job. I just wish if other athletes would have the same treatment as me, because I fully support their work.”Although he worked hard in the previous year and had a great motive from 2015, his form was not at the highest level.“I ran the best time of last season in Brussels in the race on 800 meters with time 1: 44.54 and I secured 18th place on the world list of the best times of the year and the fifth best time in Europe this year.”After all these results and the necessary analysis, Amel Tuka entered the new season with much higher goals and desire to repeat the results from 2015.“I think that the coach knows my body now a lot better, which is why I am optimistic and I’m looking forward to be on the track again. Now I’m getting ready for the winter part of the season, where I expect the races in the hall. I will be appearing on the Championship of the Balkans in the hall and of course the European Championship in Belgrade, which will be held from the 3rd to 5th of March. I’ll try to run the best possible result and to run in the final of the European Championships, because that would be a great success for me. I’m not a fan of running indoors, but we will try,” concluded Tuka.In the summer part of the season, our athlete and his coach will be devoted to the World Championships in London and races of the Diamond League. This year, his wish is to be healthy and to achieve better results, but above all to become a better man.(Source: E. M./ read more

Eric Phillips and Charles Ceres applied for ultra-deep-sea oil drilling licence

first_img…with absolutely no experience in such drilling…Phillips should recuse self from SARA’s investigation of other oil blocks – former AGRecent revelations that in addition to questionable land deals State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) Executive Eric Phillips has a stake and beneficial interests in an oil company angling to get its hands on oil blocks in Guyana are a cause for serious concern.SARA Executive Eric PhillipsFormer Attorney General Anil NandlallThis is according to former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, who, in a recent interview with Guyana Times, pointed out that not only did Phillips have clear political affiliations while operating as an investigator at SARA, but it has now been revealed that he had financial interests in the oil and gas sector, at a time when oil block allocations were being investigated.“I have written articles contending that Eric Phillips (and) Clive Thomas should not be investigators at SARA. They should not hold executives’ positions in SARA, because of the functions of SARA, due to their political affiliations. These are politicians, they cannot be holding positions in law enforcement,” Nandlall said.“Now you have another disclosure that this gentleman has a personal interest in the oil blocks. How can he be an objective investigator, (with) a personal pecuniary interest that obviously contaminates his objectivity?”SARA has of recent turned its attention to investigating the award of various oil blocks to companies such as Ratio Guyana and Mid Atlantic Oil and Gas, on the basis that these companies allegedly have no track record in independently exploring for oil and developing oil blocks.This is despite the fact that ABR Oil and Gas – a company with a given address of 9 Thomas Lands, Georgetown in which Phillips has a 15 per cent stake, along with Charles Ceres (25%); Violet Smith (25%), and Osafo George (15%) – has even less experience in drilling for oil.In their application, there was mention that one of the principals had experience with a company that had drilled a single well on land in the Takutu Basin. This means that no one had experience drilling for undersea oil much less in ultra-deep waters which less than a handful of companies in the entire world has.Despite its newcomer status, it was recently revealed in sections of the media that it has a pending application to explore a Block C offshore concession in an area adjoining the Kaieteur and Canje blocks. In the application, it was stated that the company was seeking the licence for a duration of 10 years. They claimed to be in possession of US$5 million to spend and sources contend the source of the funds should be checked for possible Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) violations.According to sources, however, the principals involved could stand to make billions of dollars in profits if they acquired the concession and then sold their stakes in it to more qualified companies. This is a possibility as a number of big names like ExxonMobil and Total have a working interest in the nearby Canje Block.“(Phillips) should, therefore, not be in charge of any investigation in relation to oil blocks,” Nandlall stressed. “You cannot be in charge in an investigative arm of the State if you are politically tainted or if you have vested financial interests. And he has both!”Get richLast month, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had dropped a bombshell revelation that Government has been quietly distributing massive tracts of prime State lands to employees of the Ministry of the Presidency as well as to cronies in the People’s National Congress (PNC)-led A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) faction of the coalition Government and officials of SARA, which was formed to recover State assets.The lands were all strategically located to massively benefit the beneficiaries from the coming oil boom. Jagdeo had revealed that most of the leases for these plots of prime real estate were issued by the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GL&SC) after the December passage of the Opposition-sponsored No-Confidence Motion that caused the Government to fall. And of all the names to surface, Phillips had been one of the most prominently featured.Phillips had vehemently denied back in February that he ever applied for, or received 3000 acres of lands as was then being claimed. But the Opposition Leader had pointed to GL&SC File No. 321132/1604 which showed 1000 acres in the Essequibo River was issued to Phillips in April 2019 and File No. 3312317 for another 1000 acres in the Demerara River.last_img read more