Gold Smugglers Fined

first_imgTwo licensed diamond and gold mineral companies have been fined by the Liberian government for attempting to smuggle a large quantity of diamonds from the country.Golden Bar Trading and Golden Mass Trading were booked at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) last week while attempting to smuggle 751 ounces of gold aboard an Arik Air Flight en-route to Accra, Ghana.They have each been fined L$200,000 (US$2,353) by the government for failing to abide by customs regulation. On Monday, the companies agreed to pay the additional assessed amounts of US$4,000 into government revenue before proceeding to the Government of Liberia’s (GOL) Diamond Office at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy to have their product re-certified for shipment in compliance with the Kimberly Process.Diamond smuggling is common in Africa, but the Liberian government has vowed to fight against the illicit trade which a major contributing factor for the underdevelopment of a number of diamond producing countries on the continent.The smugglers were arrested onboard the aircraft following tipoff from Liberia’s Minister of Finance Amara Konneh, who was en-route to Nigeria. According to eye witnesses, Mr. Konneh accidentally bumped into the hand luggage in the overhead cabin at the economy class of the aircraft where he chose to sit.While trying to locate space in the overhead compartment of the plane for his luggage, the eye witnesses explained, Mr. Konneh incidentally stumbled upon two very heavy bags. “Realizing the excessive weight of the bags, Minister Konneh immediately inquired for the owner of the luggage containing such excess weight that had taken up space meant for carryon luggage.”The owners of the luggage, names withheld, declared his ownership of the luggage and declared intimated to the Minister that the luggage was heavy because it contained gold.The Finance Minister begun more inquisitive by asking the owner whether all the necessary paper works were done consistent with the Kimberly process of certification, and that government’s tax requirements were met.The custodian of the luggage immediately began to exhibit suspicious behavior, thereby constraining the Minister of Finance to invite the intervention of the airline crew and airport security. A temporary confiscation of the product was immediately effected and the dealer was also held temporarily.Accordingly, a joint security team was left in charge of the investigation and subsequently found that Golden Bar Trading and Golden Mass Trading evaded airport customs procedures and under declared the value of the products by more than 135 ounce amounting to US$138,598, which would have resulted into US$4,000 losses in royalties for the government.As a result of this development, authorities of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy and the Bureau of Customs &Excise at the Ministry of Finance are expected to convene this week in an attempt to tighten gaps and loopholes in the system.As at March 2014, royalty on gold and diamonds projected at US$1.9 million dollars in the 2013/2014 national budget underperformed by US$1.1 million, with only US$819,000 dollars raised to date.The Ministry of Finance has meanwhile implored the public “to protect our natural resources and preserve the integrity of our Kimberly process.” The Ministry further warned dealers in gold and diamond products to pay government royalties and related fees, and stop evading customs procedures at the various ports of entry. There has no report of any criminal charges being brought against Golden Bar Trading and Golden Mass Trading apart from the fines since the arrest of their dealers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Canadian oil and gas trade mission to arrive next week

first_img– technical cooperation MoU to be signed on MondayBy Jarryl BryanA Canadian oil and gas trade mission is expected to arrive in Guyana for a visit next week, as international interest in partnerships in Guyana’s burgeoning oil and gas sector continues to grow.This information was relayed by the Canadian High Commission. The Commission is understood to have played a key role, along with the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest), in arranging the trade mission.The mission will comprise approximately 50 persons hailing from the Canadian Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. They will arrive in Guyana on October 15New Foundland and Labrador’s Natural Resources Minister, Siobhan Coadyfor a three-day visit. According to the High Commission, it is hoped the visit will lead to partnerships in the sector between local and Canadian companies.“Canadian companies are hoping to leverage partnerships with appropriate Guyanese businesses, and work with them to access opportunities in the oil and gas sector. Guyana presents world-class, deep-water petroleum prospects which offer business opportunities… the development of potential partnerships between the two jurisdictions could serve to build strong business relationships, transfer technology, and skills development to support the growth of Guyana’s offshore oil and gas industry,” the Commission stated.It was pointed out by the High Commission that Newfoundland companies have been servicing Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels for over 15 years. In addition, the High Commission noted that companies from this province have also been servicing rigs and drill ships for 40 years.“The experience of Newfoundland can be a great potential resource to Guyana in developing its offshore industry through working with experienced partners (Government and the Private Sector), suppliers and service companies. This trade mission will expose Canadian companies to the market opportunities, investmentA previous trade mission to Guyanaregime and qualified local companies.”“The local support for the trade mission has been overwhelming. This highlights the willingness of Guyanese to partner with Canadians, which is largely due to the Canadian model of leveraging local partnerships through building partners’ capabilities to access together the opportunities in this nascent sector,” the Commission added.Canadian MoUMeanwhile, New Foundland and Labrador’s Natural Resources Minister, Siobhan Coady, will be present in Guyana and will also be attending events associated with the trade mission’s visit. The Commission also revealed that Minister Coady will be signing a technical cooperation agreement with the Government of Guyana, on behalf of her province on Monday.There have been several trade missions since the discovery of oil, including one from the United States of America and Barbados. There are also plans for a British trade mission next year.With several Canadian companies already involved in oil and natural gas exploration activities in Guyana, the visit by the Natural Resources Minister of Newfoundland provides yet another indication of Canada’s interest in playing a pivotal role in the economic exploitation of the local energy sector.It was only recently that Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) signed a memorandum of understanding on energy sector cooperation of its own, which saw Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley visiting Guyana for the first time with a delegation of Cabinet Ministers.Guyana is now home to the world’s biggest new deep water oil discovery. US oil giant ExxonMobil has been keen to push development of the oil reserves. Production could begin in 2020, with the production of some 500,000 barrels of oil a day.last_img read more

Euronuts, Barcelona win Central Chapa Dimba

first_imgJane Njeri scored a brace after finding the back of the net seven minutes after kick-off before adding the second that determined the winner 15 minutes to full time to not only help her side clinch the title but also emerge as the top scorer with a total of six goals.Jane Njeri (R) of Barcelona Ladies from Laikipia controls the ball past Bancy Ngonyo of Kirinyaga Dynamo (L) during the Safaricom Chapa Dimba Central Region Finals held at Thika Stadium.Ngonyo Florence scored a consolation goal for Limuru Starlets just before full time to see the march end 2-1.“I am very delighted for what we have achieved as a team. Scoring six goals couldn’t have been possible without team work. We will keep up our training routines as we prepare for the national finals. This is a very important moment for us,” the tournament’s top scorer Njeri said.“We’ve had a very tough opponent today, but we are happy to have triumphed. We will head to a camp for our trainings ahead of and hope it will bear fruits. The girls are dedicated, and we plan to bring the national trophy to Central,” Barcelona Ladies coach Emman Wafula said.-Boys contest-John Gatuma of Euronuts (R) battle it with Johnson Gikonyo of (L) during the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom Central Finals held at Thika Stadium. Euronuts won 2-1.In the boy’s finals, Euronuts successfully retained their title against Lufa Graduates wining 2-1.Lual Mengistu gave the Kiambu based side an early lead in the 6th minute, setting pace for ‘nuts’ before George Ndungu netted the second goal at 35th minute to seal the win for the Euronuts.Lorere Daniel brought Lufa Graduates back into the game at 65th minutes but it was too little too late for the Laikipia’s side.Barcelona and Euronuts received a cash reward of Sh200,000 each and will now represent Central region in the national finals scheduled for June at the Kinoru Stadium in Meru County.The two now joined Mombasa’s Shimanzi youth and Changamwe ladies, Kajiado’s Al Ahly and Kitale Queens from Rift Valley, Bishop Njenga Girls and Lugari Blue Saints from Western, Manyatta Boys and Ndhiwa Queens from Nyanza as well as Super Solico and St Mary’s Ndovea from Eastern for the national finals set for Meru where Sh1m is at stake.The competition now moves to Garissa for the North Eastern region final on April 24 and 25 then Nairobi region on April 27 and 28 as the race to La Liga heats up.This year, an All-star team will be also selected from the eight regional finals to attend a training camp in Spain during which they will play against local youth sides.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Euronuts football team celebrates after being crowned winners during the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom Central Finals held at Thika Stadium. Euronuts won 2-1THIKA, Kenya, Apr 14 – Defending Champion in the boys’ category Euronuts from Kiambu County and Barcelona Ladies from Laikipia are the 2019 champions of the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Central region finals hosted at the Thika Stadium.Barcelona Ladies clinched the top spot in the girls’ category after they thrashed reigning champions Limuru Starlets 2-1in a lively encounter.last_img read more


first_imgJimmy Guichard died after taking a legal high in 2013.A Donegal mother who tragically lost her son after he took a ‘legal high’ is to appear on the hit ITV programme The Jeremy Kyle show to raise more awareness on the issue. Karen Vandersypen, from Foxhills in Letterkenny, tragically lost her son Jimmy Guichard in October 2013 after he took an unknown substance.Jimmy died after he suffered a massive heart attack and also suffered brain damage as a result of taking the ‘legal high’. Karen has campaigned tirelessly for new legislation called Jimmy’s Law’ in the UK to be passed which bans all ‘legal highs’ across Britain.Jimmy was a talented GAA player and played hurling for St Eunan’s before he moved to London.Karen done a documentary programme with Jeremy Kyle for the Kyle-Files which is a spin-off show from his morning segment.However, after filming the documentary for the Kyle-Files executive producers felt it would be better if Karen appeared on the TV show  in order for her to hammer her home her views. Karen admitted to Donegal Daily that she had reservations about appearing on The Jeremy Kyle show.Karen said, “I did a documentary film for the Kyle-Files about Jimmy’s death and the importance of passing his legislation.“I was then contacted by one of the executive producers who said they weren’t going to use my film for the Kyle-Files and felt it would be better if I went on the TV show and told my story on that platform.“I did have reservations about it, it’s not a show I would watch regularly, but I had seen it before and I used to think why the hell would you go on that TV show!“So I was a bit nervous about doing it, but Jeremy had been so nice during the filming of the Kyle-Files that I said to the executive producers I would do it.” Karen said the show was a daunting experience, but it was very worthwhile and was delighted with how it turned out although it didn’t get off to a good start.Karen said, “The show was about a 24-year-old who was addicted to Pandora’s Box, which is a synthetic cannabis and is a recognized legal high.“Jeremy had his wife on first and she was giving him an ultimatum saying he either quit his habit or she was leaving him and taking their three children with him.“She said he was a good dad, but admitted he was ‘high’ when he took the children to school every morning because he had to have some Pandora’s Box before he left the house. “At that point Jeremy starting saying, ‘How could he be a good dad if he’s high taking them to school?“I was sitting watching this backstage and then the father ran on to the stage and start berating Jeremy with insults and then stormed off.“I was watching this unfold thinking what the hell have I let myself in for here?Karen said they calmed the father down backstage and managed to get him back on stage for the remainder of the show.Jeremy told the young man that he had to listen to Karen’s story, he agreed.“I then went on and told Jimmy’s story, I got very emotional and broke down several times as I told the story.“I’m hoping they edit out all the blubbering I did, I was so mad at myself afterwards that I couldn’t control my emotion.“Once I told Jimmy’s story, I went through the young lad for a shortcut, I basically told him he’ll end up like Jimmy if he doesn’t sort his life out.“He’s got a beautiful supportive wife and three gorgeous kids, he’s going to lose them and his life if he doesn’t sort himself out.“I explained to him that my granddaughter still can’t understand why her Uncle Jimmy went to heaven.“She was six and-a-half when Jimmy passed away and is eight now and she still doesn’t understand.“I said to him, do you want your missus to have to try and explain to your children why you’re not with them anymore.”Karen added that the problem with his addiction is it’s not a physical one.“Taking heroin is a physical addiction, taken a legal high is a psychological one so it’s difficult to detox.“The other problem is there’s no resources to help him so it’s going to be difficult, his GP can’t refer him anywhere because there’s no facilities that treat that type of addiction.Karen said she was frightened and shocked by the effect the drugs had on the 24-year-old saying he looked older than her and she’s 44.They also done tests on the show and found out he had the lung capacity of a 70-year-old.“Not only do we need to get ‘Jimmy’s Law’ passed we need to ensure the proper rehab facilities and in place to help those addicted to those legal highs.“If we don’t have the proper support systems in place then they’ll get addicted to something else.Karen appeared on the show on Friday morning and flew back home that evening and is now back at her address in Letterkenny.She said the show will air in the next 6-8 weeks.Karen has been keeping in touch with the couple she met on the show and has been speaking to them via Facebook offering them support and advice.DONEGAL MOTHER WHO TRAGICALLY LOST HER SON TO APPEAR ON THE JEREMY KYLE SHOW was last modified: January 29th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:deathdonegalJeremy Kyle ShowJimmy GouchairdLEGAL HIGHSLETETRKENNYlast_img read more


first_imgA shocking video showing a man being pushed off his bike and falling into a ditch on a road into Donegal has gone viral.The shocking scene of the man bing pushed off his bike.The dangerous incident shows a man leaning out of a car and pushing the cyclist violently into the ditch on the road into Muff.An official complaint has been made to the PSNI and Gardai are now also investigating the incident. The incident was put up on Facebook and after receiving almost one million views, it was pulled from social media.The name of the man who posted the video was also clear.A PSNI spokesman confirmed a cyclist has made a complaint to them but confirmed that h was not seriously injured.The disgusting incident happened on Friday last at around 12.30pm. A man can be hard laughing after he pushes the cyclist off his bike.The side of the man’s face who pushed the cyclist can be seen.It is understood that guard are now viewing this footage.GARDAI AND PSNI INVESTIGATING SHOCKING VIDEO OF MAN BEING PUSHED OFF BIKE was last modified: July 29th, 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:CYCLISTdonegalFacebookpushvideoYou Tubelast_img read more

Woman appears in court on €68,488 social welfare fraud

first_imgA woman has appeared in court charged in connection with a €68,488 social welfare scam.Shauna Tynan, from Letterkenny, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court where she was arraigned on a number of sample charges. Tynan, of Slieve Sneacht, pleaded guilty to ten separate sample charges.The thefts from the Department of Social Protection, concerned monies taken from both Glencar Post Office and the Permanent TSB on Main Street in Letterkenny.The individual sums ranged from €204 to €1,579 on the ten different occasions.Prosecuting barrister Ms Patricia McLaughlin said the overall sum involved was €68,488 and the plea was accepted on all the fact being given on sentence.Barrister for Ms Tynan, Ms Patricia McCallum said her client has suffered from a number of difficulties and would benefit from a psychological report.Judge John Aylmer adjourned the sentencing to the next sitting of the circuit in November.Woman appears in court on €68,488 social welfare fraud was last modified: July 22nd, 2019 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:cashcourtfraudletterkennyShauna Tynansocial welfarelast_img read more

E-I-E-I-O in Old McDarwin’s Animal Farm

first_imgOne would think that if all animals are related according to Darwin’s theory of common descent, this should be clearly evident in the genes.  It would also seem that the more genomes we sequence, the clearer the evolutionary pattern should be.  At least that’s how Raible and Arendt lay their foundation in a paper in the Feb. 3 issue of Current Biology:1It is a truism that the plausibility of an evolutionary inference increases with the amount of data on which it is based, and the ever-quickening provision of full genome sequences is providing a huge amount of grist for the evolutionary biologist’s mill.Ah, but that would make for a predictable plot if no conflict were inserted.  The thrust of their paper is that comparative genomics has produced many evolutionary surprises.  Particularly, humans share some genes with the earliest metazoans that are not present in fruit flies, worms, and other branches of more advanced metazoans.  In one study, those groups have lost 10% of early metazoan genes while humans have only lost 1%.  They cite several studies with similar findings.  Somehow, humans have retained many genes that other groups have lost.  We seem to have more in common with flatworms than fruit flies in terms of retained genes.    The authors take up another truism:  “Genes do not evolve on hold: whenever a gene appeared on the animal evolutionary tree, it was functional.  This ancestral function should be close to the consensus function present in today’s animals that have retained that gene.”  In other words, the genes we retain from earliest ancestors have had to function all that time, not wait for us to appear and decide to use them in recent times.    In their analysis of several “striking” studies on the branch that led to us, the authors conclude that advanced functions appeared early, and remained intact for many millions of years, during which time other advanced organisms managed to get by without those functions.  “These findings imply that the Urbilateria [earliest ancestors] were genetically more complex than previously thought to be the case.”  Elsewhere they say, “Taken together, these new analyses of gene loss frequencies and of sequence divergences suggest that the human genome – and thus those of the entire vertebrate lineage – has diverged much less from the ancestral genome of our urbilaterian ancestors than have the Drosophila and C. elegans [roundworm] genomes.”  This can only mean, in their thinking, that the fly and worm lines learned how to evolve a lot faster than the vertebrate line.    Even more striking is the similarity between Darwin and George Orwell:Vertebrates, lophotrochozoans and anthozoans are a good choice for such comparative evolutionary research, because they appear to share a surprisingly large part of the ancestral gene inventory that has been lost in other groups.  In a certain sense, therefore, these animals, like some of those on Orwell’s Animal Farm, are more equal than others, and thus should be most revealing about our complex past.1Florian Raible and Detlev Arendt, “Metazoan Evolution: Some Animals Are More Equal than Others,” Current Biology Vol 14, R106-R108, 3 February 2004.We beg to differ with their opening truism.  Based on our empirical research, reading hundreds of papers on evolution, the amount of actual data available for study is inversely proportional to the amount and credibility of Darwinian storytelling (see 11/16/2002 entry and the following story, for instance).  Their truism is a mythoid.    These authors seem to feel that if the data don’t fit, they really ought to (see quote, top right box).  One thing we have learned about this Animal Farm.  The pigs are the members of the Darwin Party.  They rewrote the constitution of science (see 12/22/03 commentary) to keep themselves in power, because some beliefs about origins are more equal than others.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South African film wins at Tribeca

first_img(Image: CONTACTS• Naomi MokheleNational Film and Video Foundation+27 11 483 0880RELATED ARTICLES• New Afrikaans film a hit• New film tackles race with humour• Top honours for SA movie• Rebate boost for SA filmNosimilo RamelaNew York’s prestigious Tribeca Film Festival has named the South African film Father Christmas Doesn’t Come Here its best narrative short film in an indigenous language.Download the press kit (PDF)Funded by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) the film was chosen from 47 finalists as one of the Indigenous Language short film contest winners.The film was written by South African screenwriters Bongi Ndaba and Sibongile Nkosana, and directed by Bhekumuzi Sibiya.  This is Sibiya’s first short feature film, and he received great praise for his work.“The director consistently foregoes sentimentality in favour of subtle debunking of myths based on culture. His frames are urgently alive with telling details. This film announces a persuasive and deeply human directorial vision, one rich with authenticity and insight,” read a statement by the judges.The panel of judges who selected the film include Brooke Shields whose most recent film is Lipstick Jungle, Justin Bartha from the movie Hangover, Peter Facinelli, who stars in the Twilight movies, and Jack Dorsey, creator and chairperson of social site Twitter. They described the film as being exceptional and touching.“It is a film of resilience and hope. It is an assured, original, and profoundly moving film, which perfectly executes its aims and is buoyed by a remarkable performance by its lead actor,” the judges said.In 2009 the film won an award at the Tri-Continental Film Festival. It has also been included in the South African Line-Up event for the Cannes Film Festival this year.The film looks at the life of a naive teenage black girl who writes to Father Christmas requesting long straight hair as her Christmas gift. She has low self-esteem and hopes the hair will help her gain more confidence. Her hopes are shattered when a pessimistic man from her neighbourhood  tells her Father Christmas is not real. However, her grandmother is there to help her through her uncertainty, and teaches her to love herself.“I think this film hits home to all young black girls all over the world,’” said Mpho Setati, a film student at Afda film school in Johannesburg. “This is a great South Africa film that showcases the talent of our country, and the world is taking notice and rewarding our talent,” she said.The Tribeca Film Festival was held in Manhattan, New York, from 21 April to 2 May. Currently in its ninth year, it was launched by well-known Hollywood actor Robert de Niro, film producer Jane Rosenthal, and real estate investor Craig Hatkoff in 2002. The trio were motivated to start the festival after the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001.“We hoped to use the festival to spur the economic and cultural revitalisation of the lower Manhattan district and to help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience while promoting New York City as a major filmmaking center,” they said in a statement.The award for winning Best Narrative Short Film was R38 336 (US$5 000) in cash, film stock donated by Kodak, and an art award, “A Box of Smile, 1967/89”, by Yoko Ono.last_img read more

Spar looks to expand in Africa

first_img14 July 2011South African wholesaler The Spar Group, which already has stores in Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe, is considering further business opportunities in Africa, Business Report reported on Wednesday.The group would tailor its business model to expand into other territories, but any expansion outside South Africa would be done cautiously, chief executive of the JSE-listed group, Wayne Hook, said.“We will expand elsewhere in Africa, but we will take it step by step. We are not going to rush it.“Our model for expansion in Africa needs to be tailored, so it may not be true wholesale.”He said that the group was looking at a few countries, but as a wholesaler it could not invest R300-million to R400-million in a distribution centre without the store base to supply.The Spar Group is a wholesaler that distributes to independent retailers who own and operate about 850 Spar stores in South Africa and southern Africa, and who are part of a voluntary trading association.Outside South Africa the group has stores in Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland and owns a 35 percent stake in a Zimbabwean business that operates 68 Spar stores. It recently opened a Spar and a Build-It in Mozambique.Hook said the group would continue with its expansion in southern Africa before it looked further north.It was considering Angola, but “we need to find someone there we can work with”.South African Press Associationlast_img read more

Put these Geocaches on your Bucket List…

first_img SharePrint RelatedCelebrate Some of the World’s Best GeocachesAugust 25, 2014In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Find a Geocache of the Week Near YouJanuary 6, 2016In “Community”What a Red Geocaching Wrench Means to YouApril 23, 2013In “Community” Loading… Share with your Friends:Morelast_img