Partnership between Mellon Bank, USA and Citizens Bank sign of investors’ confidence – Minister…

first_imgThe recent move by the Mellon National Bank in the United States of America (USA) to partner with the indigenous Citizens Bank is described by State Minister, Joseph Harmon as a sure sign of the confidence reposed in Guyana’s investment climate.Minister Harmon speaking at the official opening of the Banks DIH new vehicle workshop, noted that this is happening at a time when the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) are taking steps aimed at curbing and reducing relations between international banks and those in the region.Citizens Bank Headquarters, Camp Street, GeorgetownHe noted further that “when out of all of that, we can actually step out of the black list, the grey list, the white list and whatever other list that exists, I believe Guyana is on the right path of development.”The State Minister deemed this step as “a vote of confidence” since Mellon Bank is one of the largest banks operating in the United States and the fact that relations are established with Guyana demonstrates that the country is moving in the right direction.It is this same confidence, Minister Harmon said has motivated American Airlines to announce the commencement of flights from the US to Guyana from December,2018.Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson noted that all measures will be in place to facilitate this.“Guyana is the right place to invest and I am proud that the private sector is beginning to embrace that reality. I am proud that Banks DIH as a leading member of the private sector continues to invest in Guyana,” the minister pointed out.Meantime, Minister Harmon said the investment by Banks DIH in the establishment of a waste water treatment plant and a waste plastic treatment facility at the new vehicle workshop, is another sign of its confidence in the investment climate of Guyana.“While some sections of our population complain about this and complain about that, I am happy to know that the majority of our private sector is out there doing things and taking advantage of these glorious opportunities which now present themselves,” the minister said.He expressed confidence that the collaboration between the private sector and the Government of Guyana will take the country further along its development trajectory.Investment by the private sector now is also an investment for future generations in Guyana, the State Minister highlighted.A call was made to the wider private sector, particularly those companies involved in commerce and manufacturing to “take a page out of Banks DIH’s book”, noting that investments similar to the one made by Banks DIH is worthy of emulation.Co-Managing Director, Banks DIH, George McDonald noted that the establishment of the waste water treatment plant is a requirement of the Coca Cola company, which stipulates that all waste water of manufacturers be treated before being released into the waterways so that there is no damage to the natural flora and fauna.In proximity is a public waste plastic treatment facility, the collection and treatment point for the company’s waste plastic generated from PET containers and decommissioned beverage cases.The plastics are chipped, crushed and shipped to recycling plants overseas and according to McDonald is an effort to prevent the negative impacts of these products on the environment.This is coming at a time when the government continues to push for safer environmental practices, which is one of the main focus areas of the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS).last_img read more

Police Constable robbed after leaving ATM

first_imgMoments after withdrawing money from the Republic Bank’s Automated Teller Machine (ATM) at New Market and Waterloo Streets, Georgetown on Monday at about 6:30h, 54-year-old Richard Henry, a Constable attached to the Police Sports Club, was ambushed in the vicinity of Waterloo and Lamaha Streets Georgetown, and robbed by three men, one of whom was armed with a handgun.He was relieved of $40,000 in cash.The Policeman reportedly told investigators that while he was using the ATM, he observed silver grey Toyota Allion motor car PTT4907 with three occupants parked on Waterloo Street.He explained that he rode away after withdrawing the money, but was soon after intercepted by the three occupants of the car. They exited the vehicle, and one of the perpetrators, brandishing a gun, reportedly told him to “pass the money you just draw”.Fearful for his safety, Henry immediately complied. The men then re-entered the vehicle and fled the scene along Lamaha Street.The Police were contacted, and an investigation was launched. Up to late Monday afternoon, the Police were reviewing the CCTV footage with the intention of apprehend the suspects.last_img read more

Former Tottenham youth coach unsurprised by Kane’s rise to stardom

first_img1 Tottenham hero Harry Kane QPR caretaker manager Chris Ramsey has hailed young Tottenham hero Harry Kane, saying he is not surprised by the striker’s success this season having worked with him at Spurs’ academy.Ramsey spent nine years coaching the youth sides at White Hart Lane and helped Kane break into the first team under Tim Sherwood last season.Kane joined the Spurs academy in 2009 and has flourished this term, scoring his 21st and 22nd goals of the campaign in a 2-1 Premier League win over Arsenal on Saturday.“He hasn’t surprised me,” Ramsey said.“Tottenham have been fantastic in giving their youngsters opportunities to play.“Harry has been a very good player for a long time, I known him for a long time.“I was at Tottenham for nine years and was in charge of coaching at the academy and, along with [coaches] like John McDermott and Perry Suckling, helped bring through quite a few good youngsters.“Harry has always been very dedicated, he’s a single-minded player who trains hard.“He’s scored over 20 goals now and he’s well capable of that – he’s not the kind of player who gets fazed.”The Spurs team that beat Arsenal on Saturday boasted the youngest average age of any top-flight side this season.Tottenham opened their new Enfield training complex in 2012 and Ramsey believes the shift of emphasis towards youth players is starting to bear fruit.“That was massive for Tottenham and it is going to save them a lot of money because they’ve got a lot of good players in there now,” he added.“A lot of the youngsters who have come out of there and got into the first team this season have a singled-mindedness about training hard and practising every day.“That’s come out in how they’ve performed this season.”last_img read more

Bring your dog as therapy

first_imgThere is no minimum age for handlers, but those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult on visitations and the registration form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. The dog must accept friendly strangers. It must be tested around medical equipment, such as a wheelchair, crutches, cane, walker or a respirator. The dog will be around IVs and can’t get tangled. The dog must have up-to-date vaccinations and be in perfect health, and it must have had a bath within 24 hours of each visit. The dog must accept petting from strangers of any age, gender, nationality, or ethnicity. The dog must be behaved on or off a leash and must obey on the first command. The dog may not react to another dog or other pet. TDI had more than 15,000 dogs registered in 2006 with about 13,000 handlers. There are volunteers in all 50 states and some in Canada. Our local connection is Terri Lattanzio. She said that while any breed is fine, really only about 5 percent of dogs have the necessary combination of disposition, calmness and friendliness. She said that many dogs try hard to please their owners, but that because the job is so stressful, with hospital smells and sounds, many dogs are unhappy. Sometimes, canines make requested visits at end-of-life situations. Both the dog and the handler must be totally reliable at all times, in all circumstances. These are not just friendly pets, these are working dogs and must be considered as such. They are nationally certified. The dogs must be considered “bomb-proof” – nothing can bother them. They cannot be “wiggly or giggly.” They must be willing to solicit attention, calmly. They will be grabbed, sometimes not very gently, by hands that might not have very good control. Lattanzio said that most teams fail because of handler problems, rather than dog problems. To schedule an evaluation appointment with Lattanzio in Whittier’s Adventure Park, call (562) 714-4959. Send information about your organization to, (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2252; or fax to (626) 856-2758. ——— >VOLUNTEER NOW160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre TDI was formed so that dogs could be certified, insured, and registered as volunteer therapy dogs. Beware of any organization that charges for canine visits. TDI’s goal is to unite and increase the number of available therapy dogs, give them recognition, and to alert hospitals and other institutions to their availability and importance. There are several therapy dog organizations, but TDI is the oldest and the largest. If you join, you get a list of facilities that are familiar with the program. It costs $35 a year for the first dog to join TDI and $30 a year to renew. Any breed or multi-breed dog may become a therapy dog. Age is important only in that the dog needs to be settled and predictably calm. All dogs must pass the Canine Good Citizen Test, developed by the American Kennel Club. Dogs must be at least 1-year-old to be tested, it must be healthy, and the handler must be of good character. Elaine Smith was a registered nurse working in England. She noticed how the patients reacted to the daily visits of the chaplain and his companion, a golden retriever. Upon returning to the United States in 1976, Smith was determined to bring the concept of pet therapy to health-care facilities here. Therapy Dogs International, which is located in Flanders, N.J., was founded in 1981. Studies have shown that holding or petting an animal will cause a lowering of blood pressure, the release of strain or tension, and can help a person draw out from loneliness and depression. The dogs increase emotional well-being and improve the quality of life for the people being visited. last_img read more


first_imgAlmost 300 people packed into Glenswilly GAA Hall last night for the launch of Glenswilly National School’s Christmas CD launch.The Christmas Carols CD, which features 7 classics including Walking In A Winter Wonderland, Silent Night, When A Child Is Born and Let It Snow.All proceeds from the CD, which was recorded by Billy Robinson and produced by Mid Atlantic, will go to the Donegal Hospice. And by the end of last night’s concert there was a grant total of NO CDs left!The night was compered by school principal Liam McGowan.As well as renditions of some of their cracking carols, students also presented a unique nativity play called What’s The News?The CD was conducted by Ms Geraldine Galligan and Ms Cliona Heena and the cover was designed by Donegal Printing Company. GLENSWILLY NS PACKS THEM IN FOR CHRISTMAS CD LAUNCH was last modified: December 1st, 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) Tags:CD launchdonegal hospiceGlenswilly NSlast_img read more


first_imgThe scene today at Manor post office: Pic Copyright Joe Boland North West News PixBREAKING NEWS: Gardai deployed a stinger device after eagle-eyed neighbours alerted them to a post office robbery at a Co Donegal post office.A three man masked-gang entered Manorcunningham Post Office just after 10am.The men, who were believed to be armed, demanded cash from terrified staff. However while the gang were inside the premises, alert locals contacted Gardai while the postmistress also triggered her personal alarm.Officers then swamped the area with patrol cars and other back-up.A pursuit took place and Gardai placed along the border used a ‘stinger’ device to disable the van which eventually crashed into a ditch at Killea close to the Derry border.Inspector Pat O’Donnell told Donegal Daily the arrest of the three men came at the end of what was a “very successful operation.” “It helped that we had earlier been alerted to a postal van being stolen in Derry and we had officers along the border.“When the robbery was carried out, we had members in place who were able to apprehend the suspects” he said.The van used in the attempted robbery is believed to have been a Northern Ireland-based postal van stolen in Derry earlier today.The three suspects were arrested with two taken to Letterkenny Garda station and the third to Buncrana where they are being questioned.A quantity of euro currency was also recovered at the scene. The post office has been robbed on a number of previous occasions.A Garda spokesman said “This was the community and Gardai working together at their best.”The successful operation is being put down to local vigilance and fast-moving Garda responses.Local county councillor Paul Canning, who lives just a mile form the scene of the attempted robbery, was delighted with the arrests. “It is great to see people power getting one over on these criminals.“The Gardai can only do so much and we as a community must support them. This is the result – three men have been arrested after committing a crime,” he said.Cllr Canning revealed that a delegation of local councillors recently met with local Garda Supt Michael Finan and h gave them assurances that he would try to increase manpower along the Donegal border.“I think this has happened and it’s great to see a result like this. The Gardai need all our support,” he said.GARDAI SWOOP ON SUSPECTS AFTER POST OFFICE RAID was last modified: October 4th, 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:arrestsmanorcunninghampost officeraidtheftlast_img read more


first_imgThe protest in DublinSinn Fein Cllr Jack Murray has commended the hundreds of Donegal people who travelled to Dublin to join the national demonstration against water charges.Cllr Murray also paid tribute to the Right2Water group for uniting anti-austerity campaigners in unprecedented numbers.‘The people of Donegal have again done themselves proud by being hugely represented in the anti-austerity demonstration in Dublin. ‘Hundreds of people representing every corner of our county joined up to 80,000 protesters in another extraordinary anti-water charges demonstration in Dublin.‘There can be no doubt that the will is there to see this campaign to its successful conclusion. The momentum is continuing at full strength.‘Water charges must be abolished. The people have made it very clear. The government cannot spin this in their favour.‘Enough is enough and we will take no more.’  PEOPLE OF DONEGAL HAVE DONE THEMSELVES PROUD WITH WATER PROTESTS – MURRAY was last modified: March 22nd, 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:dublinRight2WaterWater protestlast_img read more

Donegal TD asks why Tenant Purchase Scheme review remains unpublished

first_imgFianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue is demanding action from the Housing Minister on the Tenant Purchase Scheme review. Deputy McConalogue has today claimed the report is ‘sitting on the Minister’s desk’ and called for it to be published as soon as possible.The Tenant Purchase Scheme allows for council tenants to enter into an agreement with their local authority to purchase their home. The scheme was reintroduced in 2016 but there have been issues with people being prevented from entering into the scheme, despite having the means to purchase their homes. Deputy McConalogue commented, “The re-introduction of the Tenant Purchase Scheme was a welcome move by the government however it quickly became clear the criteria were much too rigid. At the time the then Housing Minister Simon Coveney committed to reviewing the qualifying conditions after one year.“Submissions opened at the beginning of 2017, and I lodged a submission on behalf of a number of constituents who were denied access to the scheme as their main income was a social welfare payment.“The majority of these applicants are old age pensioners who very much want to own their own home. They were barred from the scheme despite the fact they had amassed lifelong savings to support the purchase of their home or indeed, had demonstrated that they had the support of family members to help assist them with the purchase.“It’s now over a year since the review was opened and Minister Eoghan Murphy has confirmed to me, through a series of Parliamentary Questions, that the report is on his desk.  However, he has not given any solid reason as to why it has not been published. “This report needs to be published as soon as possible and the Minister must ensure that those who demonstrate the ability to buy their home are allowed access to the Tenant Purchase Scheme,” he said.Donegal TD asks why Tenant Purchase Scheme review remains unpublished was last modified: January 30th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Charlie McConaloguehousingminister eoghan murphytenant purchase schemelast_img read more

Where’s the bean? Missing seed in soybean pods

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Andy Michel, Kelley Tilmon, Ohio State University ExtensionAs soybean harvest progresses, a few growers are noticing poor yields in otherwise nice-looking plants and pods. While a visual inspection might lead to high estimations of seed quality, the inside may contain shrunken, shriveled or, even worse, missing seed. Stink bugs can often cause this type of injury to soybean seed. They have piercing sucking mouthparts that poke through the pod wall, and then feed directly on the seed. Because their mouthparts are small, damage to the pod is often undetected. However, opening a few pods may reveal poor seed quality evident of stink bug feeding. We have seen increasing issues with stink bugs in Ohio. This past season was no exception and we will likely continue to see issues in the future. For more information on stink bug identification, scouting and resources, see our agronomic crops insects webpage: read more

Last Block of IPv4 Addresses Allocated

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Turn on the “No Vacancy” sign. The Internet has run out of room.At a ceremony this morning in Florida, the last block of IPv4 addresses were allocated to the Regional Internet Registries, whose job it is to further distribute these final addresses to others.Today’s announcement has been anticipated for quite some time, as the explosion of Internet-enabled devices and the growing number of Internet users has accelerated the demand for IP addresses.IP or Internet Protocol addresses identify the devices that are connected to the Internet, enabling communication between computers and routing data to the right destination. There are a finite number of these addresses, which up till now have utilized 32-bit numbers, making 4.3 billion possible addresses available. As Vint Cerf – Google’s chief Internet evangelist, “the father of the Internet,” and the person responsible for choosing 32-bit numbers – said in an interview earlier this year, “Who the hell knew how much address space we needed?”Fear not: There’s IPv6Lest cries of “the Internet is running out of room!” sound like the uproad surrounding Y2K (“everything is going to break!”), average Internet customers don’t need to panic about today’s announcement. While the last block of IPv4 addresses have been allocated to regional registries, they do still have some to distribute. And there are millions of unused IPv4 addresses. But those won’t last, and it’s now up to the Internet to make the switch from IPv4 to IPv6. IPv6 jumps from 32- to 128-bit, which will give an almost unlimited number of addresses.The Difficult TransitionBut making the switch isn’t easy. Even though IPv6 was standardized more than a decade ago, there has been no real incentive to upgrade networks’ compatibility – until now.As Dave Thaler, software architect at Microsoft and Internet Engineer Task Force (IETF) co-chair, tells Ars Technica, “The IETF has actually been preparing for this day for a long time. … [W]e’ve developed transition technologies to ease the transition to IPv6, while also looking at the impact of carrier-grade NATs [network address translations]. In short, the depletion of the IANA IPv4 address pool is not a crisis, and will not have any notable short-term effects.”But with the allocation of the last block of IPv4 addresses today, the move to IPv6 just got a little bit more urgent. To help make the transition easier, many major technology companies – including Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo – will be participating in World IPv6 Day later this year, a test to make sure their systems are ready to make the switch. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… audrey watters Tags:#Internet of Things#news#NYT#web last_img read more