New GGMC Board of Directors approved

first_img…Stanley Ming returned as ChairmanWith Guyana preparing to enter new and uncharted waters in the extractive sector, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) has had a new Board of Directors installed to steer the ship.GGMC Chairman Stanley MingAt the head of this Board is incumbent Chairman Stanley Ming. Also on the Board are Derrick Lawrence; Tom Dalgety; Euliene Watson; Vanda Radzic; Camilla Edwards; and the Commissioner of GGMC, Newell Dennison. A representative from each of the following organisations will be selected and added to the Board at a later date: the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA), the Guyana Women Miners Association (GWMA), the National Mining Syndicate, the Guyana Gold Board, the Guyana Forestry Commission and a worker’s representative from the GGMC.The Board is also expected to include in its membership representatives from the National Toshaos Council (NTC), the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and the Guyana Police Force (GPF), as ex officio members. The Board members will serve from March 1, 2019 to February 28, 2020.These appointments come at a time when total gold declarations for last year amounted to 613,073 ounces, which was 6.22 per cent lower than 2017 – 653,754 ounces were declared in 2017.Lowered expectationsGovernment had initially set a target of 720,000 ounces for 2017 but at the end of 2017 was only able declare 653,674 ounces, prompting Finance Minister Winston Jordan to dub the performance disappointing.An ambitious 800,000 ounces’ target was set for 2018. The foreign exchange value of exports processed on behalf of dealers and itself at the Guyana Gold Board (GGB) came to US$443,961,666.The appointments come at a time when a major gold company will be branching off into underground miningIt is understood that gold dealers Mohamed’s Enterprise, and El Dorado Trading finished first and second respectively in total declarations and exports of gold. Other dealers that contributed are: Pure Diamond, Dinar, Excel, Adamantium Metals, GBTI Property Holdings Inc, and Gold Bar Development.The appointments also come at a time when Canadian owned Guyana Goldfields is looking to branch off into underground mining. Last month, Goldfields was issued a permit by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to construct the underground mine.It is currently awaiting further approvals from the GGMC. In fact, Guyana Times observed equipment assembled at the site, waiting for the go ahead, during a recent visit.So far, Guyana Goldfields has invested US$300 million into its local operations. The underground mine is expected to cost US$25 million in the initial exploration stages. A further US$100 million is likely to be invested over the next 10 years of production.RevenueBut the company is optimistic of more than recovering that investment. Chief Executive Officer of Guyana Goldfields, Scott Caldwell, had been optimistic of the underground mines surpassing their previous operations. According to Caldwell, the underground well is likely to be a game changer when it comes to revenue.When asked about the application, Commissioner Dennison explained that the GGMC is in possession of Goldfields’ application and will soon know whether anything else is needed. He had made it clear that GGMC has no intention of delaying the process, but was only exercising its due diligence for such a venture.“From what I am aware, they have submitted [the documents]. I am of the view that we are in good way to be conducting the examination to determine whether we need anything more.”“To the extent that we ascertain that what is therein is sufficient representation of what they plan to do, and it is in keeping with our regulations and what we consider typical practices for these types of activities, we would then issue the permit,” Dennison said.last_img read more

Diversification of business needed in Region 5 – new Chamber of Commerce

first_img…as 5 new faces added to Chamber’s executiveThe Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) has elected a new executive to serve for the 2019-2020 physical year. Five new faces were placed on the organisation’s executive, with new comer Altabh Khan.The full executive is Khan – President, Niron Singh – Vice President, Tage Singh – Treasurer, and Business Development and LiPresident of the Region Five Chamber of Commerce,Altabh Khanaison Officer – L Luke.Imran Saccoor – Secretary and Krishna Sewlall – Public Relations Officer, previously served on the Board of Directors, wile Leanna Amanda Bachan retains the post as administrator.Khan said that over the next year, the Chamber will continue to embark on its commerce initiatives, including the Region Five Business Fair, Tourism Night amongst others.He said the Chamber will continue to advocate the call for D’Edward/Rosignol to be a township, noting that the community satisfies the requirements for a township.However, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition has been pushing to have Fort Wellington become a town in the region.Meanwhile, other activities on the card for the 2019-2020 period by the Chamber include the Region Five Expo, sport and beach tourism activities, and training seminars amongst others.The new Chamber President called on the business community to support his call for a transformation of the region.He said there is the potential to transform the way commerce is conducted and urged all businessmen and women to play their role in the transformation process. Acknowledging that the region is an agricultural driven community, he mentioned that farmers need to adapt to the changing agricultural world and utilise better technology and farming methods, including hydroponics and green house farming, if they are to remain competitive as the cost of inputs continue to rise.Diversification of business was also touted as an initiative to be adopted since some of the traditional industries including rice and sugar continue to be challenged.“Farmers also need access to packaging plants wherein they can have options to market their produce. Cheaper cost of financing is also needed to support the agricultural initiative and farmers need to adopt a cultured approach to seek out foreign markets and export their produce rather than placing reliance on domestic market.”Khan noted that petty crimes continue to be a hindrance to the businesses society and this must be addressed. He added that a safer business environment is needed.Through collaborative efforts, the Chamber hopes to engage and work with regional authorities to implement and develop programmes that can be beneficial to youths for the creation of jobs.Khan added that the Small Business Bureau can give loans and grants in this regard.“However more marketing is required at the regional level as micro and start-up businesses are still not aware of how to access this facility,” the Chamber President pointed out.last_img read more

Alleged child rapist placed on $150,000 bail

first_img…relatives of raped teen who raped accused chargedThe 28-year-old miner, who allegedly forced a child to have anal sex with him, and was hours later brutally beaten and reportedly raped by her relatives, made his first court appearance on Thursday and released on $150,000 bail.The Third Avenue, Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) appeared before Magistrate Crystal Lambert at the Bartica Magistrate’s Court after he was slapped with a charge of raping of a child under 16 years.When the charge was read the man denied the offence and was subsequently placed on bail. The case will continue on December 27.Meanwhile, the two female relatives of the teen who was raped, who reportedly physically assaulted, stripped, and then forced the wooden handle of a hammer inside of The Third Avenue, Bartica resident’s anus, in retaliation of his rape against their 15-year-old relative, were also hauled before the Court on Thursday.The mother of the child, along with her older daughter, appeared before Magistrate Lambert to each answer to the charges of felonious wounding and rape committed against the 28-year-old miner. Both women denied the charges.They were released on $60,000 bail each for the wounding charge and $150,000 bail each for the rape charge.The cases will continue on December 27.On December 4, tables turned on the Third Avenue, Bartica man after the sister of the underage female with whom he allegedly forcefully had anal sex teamed up with her mother to teach him a lesson.He is the boyfriend of the young girl’s sister and is said to usually visit their home in Bartica, on a regular basis.Reports are that in the wee hours of December 3, the alleged rapist was at the home with the 15-year-old girl consuming alcohol.The teenager, who ended up sitting at the edge of her bed at some point, became intoxicated and it was then the miner reportedly took advantage of her. He reportedly took off her clothing and performed anal sex on her despite her objections.Hours after the incident, the teen made contact with her mother and after notifying the woman about what occurred.After a beating, the suspect allegedly confessed to having sex with the 15-year-old but claimed he had “oral” sex with the girl and not anal sex.The woman and her older daughter allegedly teamed up to rip his clothes off and allegedly forcefully insert the wooden part of the hammer (handle) into his anus.last_img read more

Georgetown Mayor calls for private, public help to restore City Hall

first_imgOne of Guyana’s most historic and iconic buildings is falling apart and Mayor of Georgetown, Ubraj Narine is making a stronger appeal to private and public agencies to help restore the once picturesque structure.Mayor of Georgetown, Ubraj NarineUpon his re-election as Mayor a few days ago, Mayor Narine told the media under leaky roofs within the City Hall building, that the structure which has been neglected over the years is in dire need for repairs, especially since some sections of the structure are labelled unsafe.A deteriorating external section of the buildingA recent study by the European Union has pegged the rehabilitation of the building at over $400 million but as time goes by, the cost increases.However, since then, no significant work was done towards the restoration of the building.Nevertheless, at an event last week, the Mayor appealed to both the private and public sector for aid in restoring the building.“The iconic building, the historic building of this city, it is falling apart which is City Hall. I alone cannot do it as the Mayor, my Council alone cannot do it, we need the Private Sector to play a part, we need private partnership. We need all Guyanese to play a big part to restore City Hall and the only way we can do that is to put our shoulders to the wheel and move forward” he asserted.Most recently, the City Council announced plans to establish a Trust Fund whereby persons can make donations towards the rehabilitation of the building.Speaking to this newspaper on the plans, Mayor Narine conveyed that the fund is currently being established and the City Council is hoping to launch the initiative before February 2020.last_img read more

ExxonMobil still to make final investment decision

first_img… awaits approval of commercial licencesSeveral months after major oil discoveries were confirmed offshore Guyana, US-based ExxonMobil is still awaiting approval of their licences from local regulatory agencies to prepare for drilling.This disclosure was made by outgoing Country Manager for ExxonMobil, Jeff Simon, who told members of the local media on Tuesday that the company is yet to make a Final Investment Decision (FID).Outgoing Country Manager, Jeff Simon explaining for ExxonMobil’s operations which will take place offshoreAccording to Simon, the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is being reviewed, while the production licence has to be granted by the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC).While explaining that the company has been engaged in discussion with the authorities regarding the approval of these licences, Simon said Government in reviewing the application for the permits has sought additional information from ExxonMobil.“I think they have engaged some additional help and those parties have come back to us for a lot of additional information so it is still being analysed,” he said on Tuesday.In highlighting the enormousness of the investment that has to be made before the actual drilling commences, the country manager explained that there is need for some level of certainty that must be exercised on the part of the Government of Guyana in granting the licences and approvals.Simon said not only has ExxonMobil been engaged in a number of preparations, but its partners have also made steps to get prepared, explaining that once the FID is approved, the company would spend about US$5 billion before beginning production.Government has secured the services of overseas experts to review the applications submitted by ExxonMobil.Since 2015, ExxonMobil has announced three oil finds in Guyana’s offshore area. The most recent discovery came in April, 2017, when the company found 25 meters of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs at its Snoek well in the Stabroek block.The company has also hit oil at Stabroek’s Payara and Liza fields. The latter is estimated to contain up to 1.4 billion barrels of light oil. According to the company, by the mid-2020s daily output from Stabroek could reach 450,000 barrels.At present, tenders are out for local suppliers and contractors that are able to support a number of projects for the company’s operation.last_img read more

AG chambers admit Deputy Solicitor was targeted

first_imgThe Legal Affairs Ministry and Attorney General’s Chambers has defended its decision to fire the Deputy Solicitor, Prithima Kissoon, and claims she mishandled a number of key Government cases, including a case related to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.Former Deputy Solicitor General, Prithima KissoonShe was the subject of a 15-month long investigation by the Legal Affairs Ministry. Kissoon broke her silence and accused Attorney General Basil Williams of a whole host of workplace atrocities, causing her to lodge a formal complaint with the Public Service Commission (PSC) in January of this year.She was handed a termination letter six hours before the life of the Commission came to an end on August 31, without that constitutional body looking into the complaint.Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams, in his defence of the firing of Kissoon in a public missive, has since accused her of bungling numerous high profile cases, in addition to other acts of dereliction of duty and insubordination.Attorney General, Basil WilliamsThe Ministry confirmed that the Deputy Solicitor was targeted in an investigation from November 2015 to January 2017, “after it was discovered that Ms Kissoon, who was tasked with the responsibility of conducting cases of grave importance to the State’s interest, had committed several breaches and violations under the rules and regulations of the Public Service Commission.”The Ministry contends the breaches include improper preparation and drafting of legal documents, disobeying instructions, failing to attend court in several critical matters, gross dishonesty in official dealings, improper conduct and dereliction of duties.The Attorney General’s Chambers in the statement on Friday said that Minister Williams blames Kissoon for not being present in court for key cases as well as misleading himself and others over the matter.Kissoon broke her silence this week, as the very public spat between the Attorney General and her came to a crossroads on the August 31, 2017.Lamenting the situation, the now former Deputy Solicitor General in her now public statement said, “A new PSC will convene and the complaint against the Attorney General, Mr Basil Williams, SC will never have been addressed.”According to Kissoon, “my good name has been filched, my character assassinated, my career that I worked so hard to build in the public service for the past 10 years lays shattered at my feet but my integrity and ethics are rock solid.last_img read more

Knights of Columbus Bantam Flyers finish year with win

first_imgNolan Logan got the ball rolling with the game’s opening goal, winning an offensive zone face off, allowing Gavin Gould to get a shot on net. Gould’s shot created a rebound, which Logan located and popped in the back of the net.The Flyers added to their 1-0 lead roughly five minutes into the second, when Nolan Legace scored off the rush. Legace’s goal seemed to spark the offensive fire for the Flyers, as Brysan Ekund scored four minutes later to improve the score to 3-0 in favour of Fort St. John.Alex Hartman completed the scoring while the Flyers were on the power play, snapping the puck over the Dawson Creek net minder’s shoulder for a final score of 4-0.- Advertisement -Lane Delfs’ performance in net and his team’s strong play helped the goalie earned the shutout.The Knights of Columbus Flyers will next hit home ice on Jan.20, 2012 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 21 at 4 p.m. Both games will be played at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.last_img read more

Huskies release game schedule, important dates for 2015/2016 season

first_imgToday may be the first day of summer but hockey season is officially just over two months away. The Fort St. John Huskies have released their game schedule for the upcoming season, as well as important dates for the year.Things will get started with the club’s training camp and rookie camp August 28-30 at the Pomeroy Sport Centre. The annual Skate with the Huskies is slated for November 20, and Fill the Bus in support of the community’s less fortunate will be held on December 6.Any players currently not on the team’s roster but wanting to take part in rookie camp are encouraged to contact general manager Jeremy Clothier at 250-793-0978.- Advertisement -The team’s schedule for the 2015/2016 NWJHL season is as follows:October 4 @ BeaverlodgeOctober 9 vs SexsmithAdvertisement October 10 @ Grande PrairieOctober 16 vs BeaverlodgeOctober 17 @ Grande PrairieOctober 23 @ FairviewAdvertisement November 18 @ Dawson CreekNovember 21 vs FairviewNovember 27 vs BeaverlodgeNovember 28 vs SexsmithDecember 2 @ Dawson CreekAdvertisement October 24 @ SexsmithNovember 7 @ Grande PrairieNovember 10 vs FairviewNovember 14 vs Grande PrairieNovember 15 vs Peace RiverAdvertisement December 4 @ BeaverlodgeDecember 5 vs FairviewDecember 8 vs Dawson CreekDecember 12 @ Peace RiverDecember 13 @ Peace RiverDecember 18 vs Dawson CreekDecember 19 vs SexsmithJanuary 8 @ FairviewJanuary 9 @ SexsmithJanuary 16 vs Grande PrairieJanuary 17 @ Peace RiverJanuary 22 vs Grande PrairieJanuary 23 @ BeaverlodgeJanuary 26 vs Dawson CreekJanuary 29 @ FairviewJanuary 30 @ SexsmithFebruary 3 @ Dawson CreekFebruary 6 vs BeaverlodgeFebruary 13 vs Peace RiverFebruary 14 vs Peace Riverlast_img read more

BDO to donate $100 to local minor hockey for every goal scored at U17’s

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. — Hockey Canada has partnered with international accounting firm BDO to launch the BDO Goals for Kids program.Working with its new international marketing partner, BDO, Hockey Canada announced the new program yesterday, which will see $50 for every goal scored at a national championship, and $100 for every goal scored by Team Canada at an international competition donated to local minor hockey associations. That means for every goal scored by any of the three Canadian teams at the World U17 Hockey Challenge, $100 will be donated to both the Fort St. John and Dawson Creek minor hockey associations.  The funds will help with offsetting equipment and registration costs for young players.BDO’s Calgary office managing partner Jim Krahn joined Hockey Canada and several minor hockey players and media personalities in Calgary on Wednesday to officially launch BDO Goals for Kids, and make the program’s first donation.- Advertisement -The first two events where on-ice goals will count towards BDO Goals for Kids come in November when Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, B.C., co-host the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, and Quebec City welcomes the National Women’s Under-18 Championship.last_img read more

Bert Bowes student Kane Schreiner competes at Provincial Track and Field Championships

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – On May 30 to June 1, Bert Bowes Middle School sent one student to Kelowna to compete at the Provincial Track and Field Championships.Top athletes from each Provincial zone competed at this event.According to Jen Harrison, of Bert Bowes, Kane Schreiner placed 9th in the 800 metre and 11th in the 400 metre.- Advertisement -Harrison says she is proud of Schreiner for his effort this season, making it as a contender with the best of the best.“I am very proud of Kane. He is running with the best of the best and has worked hard this season, which has paid off in terms of him being a contender with the best.”last_img