GFC’s action threatens US$60M China loan

first_img… BaiShanLin affiliates made no promise tobring investors – Attorneyhe move by the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) to repossess concessions held by BaiShanLin International Forest Development Inc (BIFDI) has jeopardised a US$60 million loan to the company, and the matter has since attracted the attention of the Chinese Embassy in Guyana.The GFC on Tuesday announced that it was moving to repossess concessions held by BaiShanLin.Guyana Times has since been able to confirm too that the Forestry Commission had also in the previous week written to five companies affiliated with BaiShanLin, terminating the Timber Sales Agreements (TSAs) and Joint Ventures that the companies had effected with the Chinese-based logging company.BaiShanLin trucks laden with logs in the interiorBased on documentation seen by this publication, on September 1, 2016, the GFC wrote to the five companies with whom BaiShanLin had entered into Joint Ventures, informing them that the arrangement had been terminated, since the Commission had not been informed ahead of time of a transfer of shares.90 daysEach of the companies was told to remove any equipment it had on the more than 400,000 hectares of forest within 90 days.But Attorneys for BaiShanLin are preparing to challenge the actions of the Forestry Commission in the courts.BaiShanLin has since secured the services of Satram and Satram Law Firm and the Attorneys are now questioning the action taken against the five companies since none would have made or reneged on any commitments to the Government of Guyana or the Forestry Commission.Loan jeopardisedPratesh Satram spoke with Guyana Times on Wednesday and indicated that the US$60 million loan taken by the Chinese logging company from the China Development Bank (CDB) was now under threat, since the shares BaiShanLin would have acquired in the local companies had been used as security against the loan.This publication has since been told that meetings were being held in China with the Bank and other stakeholders to decide on a course of action in light of the move by the GFC, since “the loans were secured in part against the shares of those companies.”The matter has also engaged the attention of the Chinese Embassy in Georgetown, since it was approached for assistance by BaiShanLin.In fact, the Attorney this publication spoke with has questioned why the action was taken against these companies in the first place, since, according to the GFC in its public pronouncement — it is BaiShanLin that failed to produce an investor.According to Satram, none of the companies which had their Joint Ventures terminated with BaiShanLin had made any promises to the Government to produce any investor.According to letters issued to Haimorakabra Logging Co Inc, Kwebanna Wood Products Inc, Sherwood Forests Inc, Wood Association Industries Company and Puruni Woods, they had violated provisions in the Forestry Act when they failed to inform the Commission of a transfer of shares, hence the decision to terminate the arrangement.In one such letter addressed to Hongbo Chu, the Secretary of Sherwood Forests Inc and written by the GFC’s Corporate Secretary, Jacy Archibald, the Commission acknowledged that written approval had been given for a Joint Venture arrangement between Sherwood Forests and Hongbo Chu. “However, the GFC has unearthed that subsequent to the aforementioned approval, that you transferred the shares issued to the joint venture partner to BIFDI without prior consent.”According to the letter seen by Guyana Times, “The GFC, therefore, gives official notice that the TSA granted to Sherwood Forests Inc is revoked with immediate effect.”Similar letters were sent to each of the companies informing that the TSA had been revoked, since the GFC had not been informed of the shares transferred.BaiShanLin, over the years, would have utilised the concessions of its affiliates to extract and export logs since the State Forest Exploratory Permit (SFEP) it possesses does not allow the company to extract or export logs from those concessions.What debt?In making the announcement of repossession, the Commission said, “The decision came after the company failed to deliver on agreed actions to introduce investors to the Commission and having been given time to prove that it had an acceptable plan to clear an approximately GY$80 million debt.”“In keeping with Forest Governance Practices, the GFC will be formally repossessing the concessions owned by the company and accelerating efforts to recover the debt owed,” it declared.None of this, however, had been communicated to any of the five companies and according to the Attorney-at-Law that this publication spoke with, the GFC has not been formally responded to, but the matter would be vigorously defended in court.BIFDI was incorporated in September 2006 under the Guyana Companies Act 1991 with the main objective of timber harvesting and establishing downstream wood processing operations in Linden.To date, however, BIFDI has failed to fulfil many of its commitments to the Government of Guyana, reneging on the obligations it made, which were accepted in good faith, according to the GFC.last_img read more

Nissan Open: Mickelson feels right at home

first_imgThat seemed to be the sentiment. And if Mickelson continues to play this well, he might have to make it a regular stop. “I felt good,” Mickelson said. “You know, I hit some good shots, and I was able to shoot a good round. But it’s a little humbling to shoot what I thought was a good round and then get lapped by three(shots).” It was even more humbling to know that Harrington had never played in the Nissan Open and only played the course once before this week. Harrington played Riviera with friends while he was in Los Angeles for the Target World Challenge in 2005. “Obviously, someday it will catch up to me, the fact I don’t know the golf course,” Harrington said. “Today, it didn’t. And whenever I did miss a shot, it seemed to be OK. There are a lot of pitfalls on this course that can catch you, but they didn’t today.” Tiger Woods skipped the tournament this year, but eight of the top-10 ranked players in the world are in it and they’re playing like the best. Four of those players – Harrington, Mickelson, Jim Furyk, and Vijay Singh – are in the top 10 on the leader board. Furyk shot a 4-under 67 and Singh a 68. Sergio Garcia and Kevin Stadler – a USC product – are tied with Furyk and others at 67. This isn’t Mickelson’s hometown tournament, it just seemed like it Thursday. Mickelson and playing partners Ernie Els and Vaughn Taylor had the biggest and best gallery, with the majority of fans pulling for Mickelson. After Mickelson made a 29-foot putt to birdie the third hole, one fan yelled: “We missed you, Phil!” PACIFIC PALISADES – Phil Mickelson missed the Nissan Open the past five years, but he didn’t miss a beat in his return. Mickelson shot a 5-under 66 in Thursday’s first round at Riviera Country Club and is tied for second with Briny Baird and Pat Perez. They’re three shots behind leader Padraig Harrington, who made 10 birdies and shot an opening-round 63. center_img Mickelson continued his success after winning last week’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. He was playing so well he decided last week to add Riviera to his schedule. So far, it looks like a good decision. “I think the momentum may have carried me through, especially on the greens,” Mickelson said. “I putted very well today, a lot of shorts putts, 5- to 6-footers. That was the biggest area, especially coming in.” The gallery’s favorite Mickelson shot was a perfect flop on the sixthhole. Mickelson was on the right side of the bunker – the one that’s located in the middle of the green – and his shot landed about a foot from the hole and rolled another five feet. The gallery roared, then he made the putt for good measure. “I think the crowds were great, you know, playing with Phil, he’s a native Californian boy, so there was a lot of support for him,” Elssaid. Mickelson is actually commuting via a leased jet from his home in Rancho Santa Fe. He said he left his house at 5:15 a.m. and was at Riviera by 6:15 a.m. He’s doing all this travel so he can spend more time with his family. The idea seemed ludicrous at first, but it apparently suits Mickelson. And as crazy as it seems, Harrington – ranked 10th in the world – birdied the first, second and third holes on the front nine, then birdied Nos. 10 through 13. It will be interesting to see if he can maintain such a mastery of a course he is unfamiliar with. “This has always been an event that you look at on television and say, `It’s Riviera Country Club, what more could you want than to come here and play?”‘ Harrington said. “It’s certainly one of the best golf courses of the year. So, you do want to play it. Unfortunately, schedule-wise, it has prevented me from playing before. But, you know, if I keep up like this, my schedule will have to change every year.” Ditto for Mickelson. (818) 713-3615 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Big push for small campuses

first_img“The mayor’s group is right to focus on middle schools as well as high schools,” said Oakes, who is also co-director of UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education and Access. “Catching kids early is very, very important.” High school breakups Within the past year, the LAUSD board has approved plans to create 165 small learning communities at 25 existing high schools – essentially dividing the campuses into minicampuses that ultimately will be autonomous. By July, 21 more schools are expected to pitch their breakup plans, which would result in small learning communities at 46 of the district’s 54 high schools. District officials hope that all of its high schools will eventually house small learning communities but are leaving it up to each campus to decide. Although the district is committed now to smaller campuses, it’s been criticized in the past for its slow pace in embracing the concept. Some education leaders said former Superintendent Roy Romer was unwilling to relinquish control to individual schools, an accusation Romer vehemently denied. However, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has invested millions of dollars to help develop small schools nationwide, said it has held off in establishing a permanent relationship with the LAUSD until the district’s programs are more evolved. Since taking over 15 months ago as head of the district’s restructuring efforts, Weston has set goals and benchmarks for small learning communities – everything from parental involvement to strength of curriculum – and has been working with schools to get their breakup plans through the approval process. “Prior to last year, I don’t think there was a real focus and it was moving way too slow. Now I see the real work is at the school sites, and that’s being accelerated now,” Lansing said. “Before, people were floundering on their own.” Too little, too late? Monroe High School in North Hills, for example, has distinguished itself by creating a system of six small learning communities – but its success was driven by the school, not the LAUSD, Weston said. “What I feel it’s up to us to do is to ensure that we have the coherence across the district,” Weston said. “I think it’s an absolute commitment and we’ve got some promising early results because we are measuring this.” But the district’s efforts are too little, too late, Villaraigosa’s education adviser said. “Is there a separate budget for the schools?” Tuck asked. “Can the school hire employees separately from the larger school? Is there a real meaningful control over hiring, budget and influence over curriculum? And how many are in separate, isolated areas of a campus?” But Weston said the district is moving as quickly as possible and has begun training educators and support staffers in how to work – and thrive – in a different environment. “This is a journey that you take. You don’t just overnight have everybody trained and ready to go,” Weston said. David Rattray, vice president of education and work-force development for the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, said the mayor’s criticism of the LAUSD may have sparked its efforts to create small learning communities. “The district at any one point in time is full of great, dedicated people that are trying to advance the agenda, but there’s an enormous bureaucracy, so a single voice like the mayor, and his stature, is certainly a situation where you can create a singular focus,” Rattray said. Shared agenda The key is to get the large district to be more nimble and innovative in creating smaller schools, Rattray said. “It’s been difficult for the bureaucracy to move at a rapid cadence that is befitting the challenge ahead of us,” Rattray said. “But I’m finally seeing progress on the small learning communities and small schools that’s happening at a much more accelerated pace in the past year and in the last few months.” Rattray said that while there are differences in the urgency and execution of plans by the mayor and the LAUSD, their goals are very similar. That’s why the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce is urging the mayor, the school board, the superintendent and the teachers union to sign a compact and develop a shared agenda. “This is a movement … that is at a point now where I think we are going to ensure this happens successfully because it’s too critical, and I think many leaders in the district have reached that conclusion with us,” Rattray said. “The challenges we have is it’s going to take the business community and civic community to work with the school system and demand, as well as help to make it happen for kids.” (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAUSD officials concede that the district’s efforts to create smaller campuses have been inconsistent over the past decade, but they say there’s now a firm commitment to reform. “I don’t think we had any coherence before. Each school did their own thing. … There’s accountability now,” said Shelley Weston, the LAUSD’s assistant superintendent for the office of school redesign. School board member Mike Lansing, who heads up the facilities committee that oversees small schools, agrees with education experts that sixth- through eighth-graders – struggling with adolescence – also would benefit from smaller campuses. “We need to accelerate the pace on getting some middle schools at least in the planning stages of small learning communities, so it doesn’t take as long as the high schools did,” Lansing said. UCLA education professor Jeannie Oakes noted that the personalized attention offered by smaller campuses would help the district better prepare middle-school students to tackle the mandatory college-preparatory curriculum in place in all its high schools. After years of voicing support for smaller schools, Los Angeles Unified is starting to break up its behemoth campuses – an effort that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says must be expedited and expanded to reduce the dropout rate and reform the struggling district. As he considers ways he’d like to improve the LAUSD, Villaraigosa said it’s imperative to provide a more nurturing environment for students – something that’s nearly impossible to attain with as many as 5,000 pupils on a single campus. He also said he would use his political clout to obtain the money needed to convert more campuses to small learning communities. He would start the program at the middle-school level, he said. “There have been plans upon plans at the Los Angeles school district to create smaller schools,” said Marshall Tuck, the mayor’s education adviser. “What we haven’t seen is the urgency and commitment to carry it through nor cutting the bureaucracy to give the small schools the control they deserve.” last_img read more

Northrop unit gets new chief

first_imgErvin succeeds the retiring Scott J. Seymour as president of the sector, which develops and makes aircraft and plane sections for military use. Northrop also appointed Ervin as a corporate vice president who will serve on the company’s Corporate Policy Council. These two roles start right away. He serves as Integrated Systems sector vice president for the western region, a position he has held since 2005. Ervin and Seymour were unavailable for interviews Wednesday. Ervin reports to Ronald D. Sugar, Northrop’s chairman and CEO. “Gary has a proven record of successfully managing highly complex and large-scale integration and manufacturing programs within our Integrated Systems business area,” Sugar said in a statement. Those programs include the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which will enter full-scale production in the next few years, the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned system, the B-2 stealth bomber, and F/A-18 Super Hornet strike fighter. Ervin takes the helm of the Northrop sector with 2006 sales of more than $5 billion and 15,000 employees worldwide, including nearly 5,000 in El Segundo. Aside from El Segundo, Integrated Systems has major operations in Palmdale, Rancho Bernardo, and Bethpage, N.Y., and Melbourne and St. Augustine, Fla. The new president will inherit ambitious Northrop projects meant to gain lucrative NASA contracts as the federal agency devotes more money to space exploration, including eventually returning humans to the moon. In addition, Ervin must navigate Integrated Systems through the defense industry’s ongoing transition to network-centric warfare, which emphasizes using quick communications between various people and systems to make decision-making more timely and efficient. Ervin joined Northrop in 2001 as vice president and deputy of the sector’s Air Combat Systems business area. Before that, he served 22 years at Lockheed Martin Corp.’s Skunk Works in Palmdale. His last position there was as vice president of advanced development programs. Ervin earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics systems science from UCLA. Seymour, 57, will remain at Northrop through February as an advisor to Sugar. The Marine Corps veteran has worked at Northrop for nearly 25 years. He previously served as vice president of Integrated Systems’ Air Combat Systems business area from 1998 to 2001. Before that, Seymour served as vice president and B-2 program manager. He began his career with Northrop in 1983 as an engineer leading test and evaluation for several advanced weapon systems including the Tri-Services Stand-off Attack Missile flight demonstration program. He previously work for Grumman Aerospace and McDonnell Aircraft Co. Seymour earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, N.Y., and received his juris doctorate from Western State University College of Law in San Diego. “We owe a debt of gratitude to Scott Seymour for his 24 years of dedication and contributions to the company and our industry,” Sugar said. “During his tenure, the Integrated Systems sector grew organically from $3 billion in sales in 2001 to more than $5 billion in sales in 2006. He helped to position the company as a world leader in tactical, long-range strike and unmanned systems.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EL SEGUNDO: Industry veteran will lead development of military aircraft, including the F-35 and F/A-18. By Muhammed El-Hasan STAFF WRITER Northrop Grumman Corp. selected defense industry veteran Gary W. Ervin to lead its El Segundo-based Integrated Systems sector, the company said Wednesday. Ervin, 49, will assume his new role Jan. 1. last_img read more

Science legend James Watson `mortified’ by own remarks on blacks

first_imgNEW YORK – James Watson, the 79-year-old scientific icon made famous by his work in DNA, has set off an international furor with comments to a London newspaper about intelligence levels among blacks. Watson, who’s chancellor of the renowned Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York, has a history of provocative statements about social implications of science. But several friends said Thursday he’s no racist. And Watson, who won a Nobel Prize in 1962 for co-discovering the structure of DNA, apologized and says he’s “mortified.” A profile of Watson in the Sunday Times Magazine of London quoted him as saying that he’s “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – whereas all the testing says not really.” The Sunday Times said that the interview with Watson was recorded and that the newspaper stood by the story.160Want 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.While he hopes everyone is equal, “people who have to deal with black employees find this is not true,” Watson is quoted as saying. He also said people should not be discriminated against on the basis of color, because “there are many people of color who are very talented.” The comments, reprinted Wednesday in a front-page article in another British newspaper, The Independent, provoked a sharp reaction. London’s Science Museum canceled a sold-out lecture he was to give there today. The mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, said his comments “represent racist propaganda masquerading as scientific fact.” In the United States, the Federation of American Scientists said it was outraged that Watson “chose to use his unique stature to promote personal prejudices that are racist, vicious and unsupported by science.” Watson’s publicist, Kate Farquhar-Thomson, would not address whether Watson was suggesting he was misquoted. “You have the statement. That’s it, I’m afraid.” last_img read more


first_img4 Lanterns USL Results & Reports ResultsBonagee Utd. 0 1 Cockhill Celtic Derry City Res. 0 0 Letterkenny RoversDrumkeen Utd. 7 2 Fanad Utd.Swilly Rovers 3 0 Finn Harps Res.Cockhill Celtic 4 0 Drumkeen Utd Letterkenny Rovers 1 0 Fanad Utd.Bonagee Utd. 1 0 Swilly RoversFinn Harps Res. 1 2 Derry City Res.ReportsCockhill Crush Drumkeen Cockhill Celtic 4Drumkeen Utd. 0The game was played on a carpet like pitch on a perfect evening for football. Cockhill started the brighter and took the game to their opponents from the kick off. Cockhill took the lead after 30 minutes when Liam O’Donnell crossed for his brother Aiden to finish from close range. Cockhill continued to press for a second but could not find the 2nd goal. Half Time 1-0 Cockhill.Cockhill got a deserved second when Jazza Mc Laughlin blocked an attempted Eunan Kelly clearance and ran from the half way to slot past McCauley in the Drumkeen goal. Cockhill almost got their third but McCauley made 2 great saves from Liam O’Donnell & Kieran Mc Laughlin. Cockhill’s 3rd goal came when a Gerry Gill cross was flicked on by William O Connor and the in rushing Malachy Mc Dermott might have got the faintest of touches to make it 3-0. A few different Cockhill players claimed the goal. At this stage the game was over as a contest and substitute Connor Keddy got a great headed goal from a Derek Doherty cross on 85 minutes. Conor Carlin almost got a consolation goal late on for Drumkeen but big keeper Gavin Cullen saved smartly with his feet. Cockhill’s veteran midfielder Liam O’Donnell gave an outstanding performance in centre midfield using the ball smartly and led by example with a high energy performance. McElwaine Nets Winner for RoversLetterkenny Rovers 1Fanad Utd. 0Letterkenny Rovers remain in contention for title honours after making hard work of defeating a well organised and youthful Fanad Utd at Leckview Park on Wednesday evening. Rovers now remain in third position going into the weekend games 6 points behind leaders Cockhill but with a game in hand.It was a game of two halves in Leckview with the first half devoid of any goalmouth action until the 38th minute. Fanad were dominating midfield and were attacking at ease and won a succession of corners and free kicks. Daire McDaids free was headed on by the lively Brian McVeigh before falling to Kevin Murray 6 yards out but somehow his shot was cleared by the home defence over the bar.. From the resulting corner by McVeigh it was Murray again who almost scored with his header gathered by Jason Quinn in the Rovers goal. Quinn again had to be at his best saving low to his right from a McVeigh free kick on 43 mins before Fanad had a gilt edged chance to take the lead right on half time. Again it was McVeigh who threaded a lovely ball through to Daire McDaid. Amidst cries for offside from the Rovers bench the Termon man ran clear and only had keeper Quinn to beat but he seemed to hurry his effort and his shot went agonisingly wide of the left hand post. Letterkenny never troubled the Fanad keeper at all in the first which would have been worrying for manager Trevor Scanlon.Fanad started the 2nd half were they had finished the first and Jonathan Minnock did well to block an Adam Serrinha effort after delightful through ball from Caolan McDaid on 50 minutes. However the game seemed to change on the hour mark. A super free kick by Owen Morrison hit the bar before rebounding to Aaron O’Hagan who missed with his header from 6 yards with the goal gaping.. This seemed to galvanise Morrison and Rovers and from then on in they had numerous chances to take the lead. Morrison was the architect behind all of Rovers moves showing some neat touches and vision which created plenty of problems for the Fanad defence. On 66 minutes his perfect weighted ball found Oisin McMenamin and the former Harps man will be wondering how he blazed over from 6 yards out. On 72 minutes Morrison sent Stephen O’Donnell away and his inch perfect cross was met by substitute Matty Harkin whose header was superbly tipped over by young Fanad net minder Shane Graham. Jonathan Minnock then had a free kick narrowly wide after Morrison was fouled as Rovers turned up the heat. Fanad did have a good chance through Daire McDaid on 74 minutes but in the end his tame shot was easily gathered by Quinn.After another great save by the Fanad keeper from a low Oisin McMenamin shot the goal the home side craved arrived on 84 minutes. Substitute Darren McElwaine’s initial effort was smothered well by the home defence before the ball was crossed in where John Doherty was waiting. His header brought a top notch save again from Graham who did superbly to palm the ball away but this time the ball fell to that man McElwaine and he easily slotted home from 4 yards. Letterkenny did have a late scare when Daire McDaid had a shot from 20 yards on 90 mins which just went wide of the Rovers goal.Rovers manager Trevor Scanlon may consider this the best result of the season for his side given the circumstances while Fanad manager Michael Deeney will be delighted as to how his side performed especially in the first half and has a lot to build on at Traigh-a-LochLetterkenny Rovers: Jason Quinn, Barry O’Donnell, Neil Lloyd, John Doherty, Johnathan Minnock, Glenn Gallagher, Aaron O’Hagan, Oisin McMenamin, Jason Doherty, Owen Morrison, Stephen O’Donnell. Subs; Matty Harkin for Jason Doherty 56, Kieran Doherty for Barry O’Donnell 56, Darren McElwaine for Gallagher 71.Fanad Utd: Shane Graham, Conor McGonigle, Caolan McDaid, Kevin Murray, Decky Sweeney, Glenn McNulty, Adam Serrinha, Jordan McBride, Oisin Hassett, Brian McVeigh, Daire McDaid. Subs; Ronan Sweeney for McGonigle 66 mins, Conor Matthewson for Caolan McDaid 87, Kyle Burke for Sweeney 87.Referee: Packie CollChallengers In StalemateDerry City Res. 0Letterkenny Rovers 0Derry City Reserves and Letterkenny Rovers played out an entertaining 0-0 draw in the Ulster Senior League in Buncrana on Sunday afternoon.After a bright opening, it was City who had the best chance of breaking the deadlock through a long distance strike from Rory Patterson. Rovers had their chances also-Matt Harkin had an effort well saved by Ciaran Gallagher. Conor Harkin had a great chance of scoring in the 55th minute but for an excellent save from Letterkenny Rovers net minder Jason Quinn. Matt Harkin should have done better shorty after with a effort but the best chance of the game came in the last minute of the 90 when Oisin McMemamin rounded Derry City keeper Gallagher but he somehow blazed the ball high and wide over the crossbar.Derry City Reserves: Ciaran Galagher, Caolan McLaughlin,Conor Barr, Dean Jarvis, Ryan Harkin, Conor McDermott, Paul Ramsey, Aaron McCauley, Rory Patterson, Conor Harkin, Mark Timlin.Letterkenny Rovers: Jason Quinn, Kieran Doherty, Neill Lloyd, John Minnock, John Doherty, Glen Gallagher, Matt Harkin, Aaron O’Hagan, Darren McElwaine, Oisin McMenamin, Owen Morrison.Referee. S.TonerCockhill Squeeze Past BonageeBonagee Utd. 0Cockhill Celtic 1With their two nearest challengers, Derry City & Letterkenny Rovers, pairing off against one another in Buncrana, Cockhill Celtic knew a victory was of the utmost importance yesterday in Bonagee, and they did indeed gain all three points but they were made work for it by a well organised home side who will feel aggrieved at the manner of defeat. The reigning champions started the game very well, with the pace of both Conor Keddy and Jimmy Bradley causing the Bonagee defence all sorts of problems. Cockhill Celtic scored the only goal of the game in the 11th minute, when a mistake by Daryl McDermott from a Keddy cross was thumped home by Liam O’Donnell from inside the area. Bonagee almost equalised ten minutes later when Anthony Appiah raced into the area to force Gavin Cullen to make a great double save, and the same player again was just inches wide when he connected with a Kevin Barr header across the face of the goal. Chances were scarce for both sides for the remainder of the match, the only ones of note were a long range effort from Mal McDermott for the visitors and a Noel O’Donnell chance near the end of the game. Team performances from both sides. Ref Tommy McAree.Bonagee Utd: Darren Smyth, Gareth Breslin, Declan Lynch, Darek Frankowski, Daryl McDermott, Greg Magee (Noel O’Donnell), Jamie Lynagh, Frankie McBrearty, Kevin Barr, Anthony Appiah, Aidan McLaughlin (Sam Murphy).Cockhill Celtic: Gavin Cullen, Keiran McLaughlin, Peter Doherty, Johnny Havlin, William O’Connor, Conor Keddy, Liam O’Donnell, Mal McDermott, Mark Moran (Aidan O’Donnell), Gerard McLaughlin (Paul McKinney), James Bradley.Drumkeen Get Big WinDrumkeen Utd. 7Fanad Utd. 2Drumkeen got their biggest win of the season so far against Fanad on Sunday at St Patricks Park. There were dark skies overhead at times but thankfully the only shower of rain was at half time, Drumkeen created a few early chances with Philip Whyte heading wide and Cassidy having an effort saved by Shane Graham and Conor Carlin also shooing wide, Fanad took the lead on fifteen minutes when Brian McVeigh headed home from a free kick out near left corner flag, The lead was short lived as the home team equalised almost immediately when Gary Patton fired home a Darren Cassidy cross, Drumkeen had further opportunities in the first half with Kelly heading over the bar and Carlin having a couple of efforts, Fanad also had a chance near the end of the half when Adam Ferrina shot wide when he was played in by Oisin Hassett after beating the Drumkeen off side trap. Drumkeen started the second half well and went ahead on forty seven minutes when Darren Cassidy fired home from the edge of the box despite the keeper getting a hand to it it still went in at the bottom of the post. Drumkeen were on top now and got a third when Carlin got the goal his overall play deserved, Drumkeen’s fourth goal was a controversial one, Darren McCready took a quick free kick from outside the box which went in, Fanad claimed they were not ready as the referee had not blown the whistle to take the kick but referee Vincent McLaughlin allowed the goal much to the annoyance of the Fanad contingent. Cassidy got his second and Drumkeen’s fifth goal after a great move involving several players, Fanad pulled one back from the penalty spot when McVeigh got his second of the game, Gary Patton got his second when he finished well after a pass from Carlin, Darren Cassidy completed his hat trick with another well worked goal involving several players. There were no more goals in the last few minutes, this was a good display by the home team and they played some nice football, to their credit this young Fanad team kept playing right to the end, DRUMKEEN: Paul McAuley, Justin Deasley, Benny Bonner, Mickey Carroll, Eunan Kelly, Philip Whyte, Darren Cassidy, Darren McCready. Gary patton, Conor Carlin, Brian McGrory,SUBS Peter McNamee on for McGrory 73 mins. Jordan Duffy,FANAD Shane Graham, Conor McGonigle, Conor Blaney, Declan Sweeney, Ronan Sweeney, Johnny Logue, Adam Ferrinna, James McCahill, Oisin Hassett, Brian Mc Veigh, David Edwards, Subs: Shay Durning on for Edwards 75 mins, Dean McGarry on for Mc Monnigle 75 mins, Connor Matthewson,Ref Vincent Mc Laughlin,Swilly Get Second WinSwilly Rovers 3Finn Harps Res. 0FixturesWednesday, May 21st at 7:45pm in BuncranaDerry City Res. v Swilly Rovers Ref. V. McLaughlinThursday, May 22nd at 7:30pmFanad Utd. v Bonagee Utd. Ref. P. DuddyLetterkenny Rovers v Drumkeen Utd. Ref. T. McAreeSunday, May 25th at 2pmFinn Harps Res. v Cockhill Celtic Ref. S. TonerWednesday, May 28th at 7pmFour Lanterns USLFinn Harps Res. v Swilly Rovers Ref. S. TonerLetterkenny Rovers v Derry City Res. Ref. P. CollDonegal News League Cup Group A at 7:30pmDrumkeen Utd. v Cockhill Celtic Ref. P. Duddy4 Lanterns Ulster Senior League Table 18.05.14Team P W D L For Against + / – Pts.Cockhill Celtic 8 7 1 0 21 5 16 22Derry City Res. 7 5 2 0 16 8 8 17Letterkenny Rovers 7 4 2 1 8 4 4 14Drumkeen Utd. 8 3 2 3 18 17 1 11Swilly Rovers 7 2 2 3 10 12 -2 8Bonagee Utd. 8 2 0 6 11 12 -1 6Finn Harps Res. 7 2 0 5 7 13 -6 6Fanad Utd. 8 0 1 7 6 26 -20 1ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE: ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS, FIXTURES AND TABLE was last modified: May 19th, 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:Ulster Senior Leaguelast_img read more


first_imgVictorious Naomh Conaill U14 captain Shana Quinn received the County A Championship trophy from referee and County Secretary Siobhan Coyle at O’Donnell ParkSEAN Connaughton is the toast of Glenties, Fintown and everywhere in between tonight after his U14 girls team played Termon off the park in the U14 A Championship final at O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny.In one of the classiest performances seen in a county final at this level in years, the Naomh Conaill girls oozed confidence and talent from start to finish.You can’t teach some of the skills on display, with the first thing each Naomh Conaill player doing was simple – looking up, finding a team mate and finding space. Little wonder then that the girls in blue were 4-03 to no score up at half-time in the Letterkenny sunshine.So good were Naomh Conaill in the second half that they limited Termon to just three scores – all of them points – whilst they went on to add three more goals and three more points.The final score was 7-06 to 0-03 and it could have been more.Every player from the Naomh Conaill side played their hearts out, from goalkeeper to full forward. Orla McGuinness and Danielle McDevitt were particularly exceptional.But our Donegal Daily Player of the Match was the brilliant Amy Boyle Carr, whose stride and vision in possession was a simple joy to watch.Commiserations to Termon who came up against a much better side in the final.And congratulations to Naomh Conaill, half of whose team would grace any County Donegal squad.Perhaps their manager Sean Connaughton might be around next year to manage the county? With this performance, there would be no complaints.Champions of Donegal! Naomh Conaill U14s won the A ChampionshipWinner: Naomh Conaill manager Sean Connaughton celebrates the victory at O’Donnell ParkSEAN’S WINNING MATCHES: CLASSY NAOMH CONAILL BLOW TERMON AWAY TO LIFT LADIES U14 TITLE was last modified: July 1st, 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:Championscounty championsLadies gaelic footballNaomh ConaillTermonlast_img read more


first_imgRyan McHugh has come in for close attention in the opening period of tonight’s Ulster U21 Final with Tyrone. McHugh has been the victim of some cynical fouling.DONEGAL are trailing Tyrone by THREE points at half-time in their Ulster U21 Championship Final at Celtic Park.Tyrone went into the lead early on but Donegal responded quickly with two good scores from Eoin McHugh and Hugh McFadden.Tyrone then stunned Donegal when they found the back of the net after a superb move involving several players. Donegal then responded through a fine effort from Ciaran Thompson.Darrach O’Connor then reduced the deficit to a point after a lovely move which involved great play from Ryan McHugh.Tyrone hit back though with a fine score from Lee Brennan.Hugh McFadden nodded over a free to make it a one point game again before Tyrone fired over two quick scores right before half-time to lead by THREE at the interval. Half-time score Donegal 0-06 Tyrone 1-06DONEGAL TRAIL TYRONE AT HALF-TIME IN ULSTER U21 CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL was last modified: April 8th, 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:celtic parkdonegalGAATyroneULSTER U21 FINALlast_img read more

News on the Mind

first_imgHere are a dozen recent stories dealing with brains, the mind, perception, motivation and other aspects of psychology and neuroscience.Nature and nurture:  PhysOrg claims that scientists at SMU have resolved the nature vs nurture debate with a hybrid approach.  Whether it satisfies critics remains to be seen.  Perhaps they are still thinking inside the box by overlooking factors outside those two.Profit motive:  A Caltech neuroscientist wrote in PNAS that removing financial incentives demotivates the brain.1  He commented on a paper by Murayama et al. that indicates that “extrinsic incentives (e.g., pay) can undermine intrinsic incentives (e.g., fun).”  He cautioned, “Increased incentives should be applied carefully, because removing them might damage or destroy a preexisting intrinsic incentive.”Aspire to be Neanderthal:  My, how anthropology has changed its view of Neanderthal Man.  “They were technologically savvy, creative and cultured,” began an article on New Scientist.  “So maybe it’s time we accepted that Neanderthals were people just like us.”Believing is seeing:  Science Daily reported on work by the Wellcome Trust that indicates our perception of the world is a function of the size of our visual cortex.  Since the size of that part of the brain can differ by a factor of three from one individual to the next, we may each see the world differently to some extent.  An optical illusion accompanies the article.  “Optical illusions mystify and inspire our imagination, but in truth they show us that how we see the world is not necessarily physically accurate, but rather depends a lot on our brains.”False witness:  Americans exaggerate about church attendance, an article on PhysOrg claims.  A U of Michigan researcher said, “In the U.S., and to a lesser extent in Canada, the gap between what we say and what we do is substantial, and has been so for the last several decades.”  Some people may claim church attendance more as a statement of identity and self-concept than behavior.Walk for life:  Taking walks may stave off Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline, radiologists said in Science Daily.Color me blue:  Matt Crump, a cognitive psychologist at Vanderbilt, was interviewed by Live Science.  He talked about his work on learning, attention, memory, and learning to play the blues.Easy cheating:  Science Daily talked about game experiments by U of Toronto psychologists that made it easy to cheat, and headlined, “Why Do People Behave Badly?  Maybe It’s Just Too Easy.”  The article made no mention of conscience.Rapid aural convergence coding:  “Coding” is a word becoming more frequent in papers about sense perception.  Researchers at the University of Wisconsin analyzed how rapidly listeners can correlate acoustic inputs.  The abstract in PNAS stated,2 Natural sounds are complex, typically changing along multiple acoustic dimensions that covary in accord with physical laws governing sound-producing sources.  We report that, after passive exposure to novel complex sounds, highly correlated features initially collapse onto a single perceptual dimension, capturing covariance at the expense of unitary stimulus dimensions.  Discriminability of sounds respecting the correlation is maintained, but is temporarily lost for sounds orthogonal or oblique to experienced covariation.  Following extended experience, perception of variance not captured by the correlation is restored, but weighted only in proportion to total experienced covariance….  Predictions from the principal components analysis model also match evolving listener performance in two discrimination tasks absent passive listening.  These demonstrations of adaptation to correlated attributes provide direct behavioral evidence for efficient coding.Hunting for nature:  Why do hunters hunt?  At least in Wisconsin, connecting to nature is one top motivation, reported PhysOrg.The speaking brain:  Language cannot be isolated to just one region of the brain.  Researchers found “rich connections throughout the brain that have not traditionally been associated with language, but are now found to tie together key areas important for understanding language,” said Science Daily about work by the Society for Neuroscience.  “The results revealed a far more extensive network for language functions than current models would predict.”Spider eyes:  They’re not just for magical potions any more.  Elizabeth Jakob at the University of Massachusetts is tracking the eye movements of spiders to learn about how their brains process sensory information.  According to Science Daily, she shows videos to jumping spiders and monitors their eye movements.  “It’s like having a window into a spider’s brain,” she said.    “Densely packed with photoreceptors, the retina gives the spider high-resolution vision rivaling that of primates,” the article said – only jumping spiders have eight eyes, each equipped with muscles that allow them to focus on objects like aiming a flashlight beam.  Their vision is very effective, too: “they need to quickly sift all sorts of visual information and decide whether they are seeing a threat, a potential mate or a delicious treat,” the article continued; “This sorting through incoming stimuli is the same problem other animals face, including humans.”  They do all this with a brain that could fit on the head of a pin. 1.  Colin F. Camerer, “Removing financial incentives demotivates the brain,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online before print November 29, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1016108107.2.  Stilp, Rogers and Kluender, “Rapid efficient coding of correlated complex acoustic properties,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online before print November 22, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1009020107.We can use our brains to study the brain, just as we can study the eye using the eye, or think about thinking.  But to think about where thinking came from, we need to think outside the materialistic box.  Then, the brain, the eye, and the senses make sense, and are seen for the designed wonders they are.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Sub-Saharan Africa to grow 6.5%

first_img24 April 2007Economic growth in sub-Saharan African countries over the past three years has been the best in more than three decades, driven by higher oil revenues, high commodity prices and debt relief.The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa, released in early April, predicts that growth in the region will rise to about 6.5% in 2007, driven mainly by rising oil production in a number of countries.The report adds that even oil-importing countries will experience economic growth at about 5%.Inflation for the region is projected to remain unchanged at about 7%, with three-quarters of the countries expected to record single-digit inflation.Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa stood at 5.4% in 2006, slightly lower than the 6% experienced in 2005. Economic growth in oil-producing countries dropped, however, from 7.9% in 2005 to 5.6% in 2006, due to capacity constraints in expanding oil production.According to the IMF report, African oil-exporting countries have taken advantage of large windfall profits in recent years and, in contrast to previous commodity price booms, have saved a significant part of this additional revenue.“The challenge for public policy and policymakers is to create the necessary space for higher and effective public spending,” the IMF said in a statement.Demand for commodities boosts exportsGrowth in oil-importing countries remained almost unchanged at 5.3%, supported by a strong demand for non-fuel commodity exports, a good agricultural season and rising investment.“The higher growth trend in sub-Saharan Africa is attributable both to positive external developments, such as foreign demand and high commodity prices, and strong domestic investment and productivity gains,” the IMF said.The region’s economic growth is also being driven by Asian demand for its commodities, providing it with an opportunity to reverse the long-term decline in the region’s share in world trade.“Commercial exchanges with Asia, particularly China, have expanded dramatically, although European Union countries and the United States still account for two-and-a-half times the export shares of Asia,” the report states.Another factor driving regional economic growth has been an improved macroeconomic performance, as well as debt relief, that has led to domestic debt markets becoming more active and attracting increasing numbers of foreign portfolio investors.Risks and challengesDespite the positive outlook, the IMF warns, near-term risks remain. These include an unanticipated sharp decline in global demand, while increases in oil prices and a drop in non-fuel commodity prices could also adversely affect growth and inflation in sub-Saharan Africa.“Many countries in the region remain vulnerable to droughts and other natural disasters, others struggle with the high prevalence rates of HIV/Aids, and there are still political and security risks in a number of countries in the region,” the report states.“Faced with historically high prices and finite resources, oil producers must now deal with the complexities of managing their resources so as to improve living standards and make decisive progress toward the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.”The report argues that strengthening governance, especially in public financial management systems, is critical to ensuring that resources are used efficiently and transparently, thus ensuring fiscal sustainability.“Unless properly managed, scaling up spending risks putting substantial upward pressure on prices and the real exchange rate,” the report warns, adding the problem can be resolved through liberalising trade, reducing the costs of doing business and making labour markets more flexible.The report also notes that most sub-Saharan countries have not managed to increase their exports of labour-intensive manufactured goods or to move up the value chain of their commodity-based exports, which it blames on a lack of infrastructure and the high cost of doing business in the region.“Experience from other parts of the world shows that trade could be an important engine of growth,” the IMF says. “Tackling structural impediments to growth and trade in valued-added industries linked to agriculture and commodities is therefore important for sub-Saharan Africa to realise its growth potential.” reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more