Local content strategy for large-scale miners recommended

first_imgNational mineral policy– warns against mixing oil & gas local content with gold sectorThe Government’s recently released draft National Mineral Sector Policy has recommended, among other things, the creation of a local content policy tailored specifically for the gold mining sector.According to the policy, this approach to local content should target large-scale miners. The need to ensure local content development at the community and regional levels was also emphasized.It noted that the local content policy being drafted for the oil and gas sector is not necessarily applicable to other sectors. As such, the document notes the need for a separate local content policy that takes into account mining’s connection to communities.According to the document, these contributions should be made in ways that include the environment, economy, culture and social issues and community development in the relevant areas.The policy also listed some benefits to the communities of mining companies giving back more, including the stability it would bring to mining regions and communities “in times of reduced mining activity or mine closure.”According to the policy, such an approach would also “strengthen the social licence for mining in regions and communities by enabling residents to see direct links between mining and their socio-economic progress, promote social cohesion, promote the mitigation or elimination of mining-related hazards and environmental damage from past mining, such as unstable grounds and slopes, excessive erosion, mined out pits, and mercury-contaminated areas.”The draft policy document also acknowledged that while miners do give back to the community even without a formal local content policy, more can be done once supported by development agreements.The document notes that this local content policy must be drafted through a multi-stakeholder process. One method recommended by the policy is revenue sharing through a multi-year extra-budgetary fund for communities.AssistanceThe policy also proposes a miner’s assistance scheme. This is based on the premise that many small-scale miners lack capital for improving their operations. According to the policy, assistance could take several forms including loans and equity-based financing.The document gives some details about this proposal, noting that priority treatment can be given to miners without such equipment, to syndicates and other partnership arrangements, as well as the granting of waivers on all duties for targeted equipment.Providing justification for this proposal, the document recommends miners lodge partial collateral, set at a percentage of the cost price of the equipment. This collateral, according to the policy, could be land, a cash bond or a freeze on the account of a guarantor, with little to no interest on repayments and a grace period before first payment of instalment.It also proposes “a repayment scheme that awards points to the miner for gold declarations over a certain amount. The higher the declaration, the more the Government reduces the debt (and a) reward for quick payback of debt in the form of a full transfer of ownership of the equipment to the miner if a large amount of the debt, for example, 80 per cent, is repaid within a short period”.The document also recommends the auctioning of all reclaimed equipment by Government, with a pre-set floor price to create a level playing field. Besides the miners’ assistance scheme, a proposal is also made for upgrade training and extension services to miners.The document proposes “building on the experience, outputs (in particular the codes of practice) and recommendations of the GENCAPD field studies, the Responsible Mining initiative of Conservation International, and other such projects.”It also recommends expanding waivers for green mining technologies and expanding the Guyana Mining School. To make more land available, the document also recommends ways of discouraging persons sitting idly on mining blocks, instead of actually mining.Last year, consultations on this very policy were held. These consultations were hosted by a tribunal from a policy committee. Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency, Guyana Lands and Surveys and the Guyana Women Miners Association were present.last_img read more

Ross H. MacLean Flyers lose weekend games against Sturgeon Mustangs

first_imgFinding the back of the net for the Flyers were John Herrington, Noah Land, and Tyler Musgrove. In Saturday’s game the Flyers opened the scoring with less than seven minutes left in the first period. They held that lead into the second period.Just over two minutes into the second period the Mustangs tied the game. The Flyers took the lead once again with 5:21 remaining in the frame, but the minutes after were a tough pill to swallow as the Mustangs tied the game a minute later, and took the lead with just 55 seconds remaining.The Flyers kept battling in the third. They tied the game with 5:11 left in regulation, however another late goal was the difference as Sturgeon netted a powerplay goal with 14 seconds to go.- Advertisement -Scoring were Noah Lang, Chase London, and Quinn Disher.In Sunday’s tilt things weren’t as close for Fort St. John. Sturgeon jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period. The teams traded two goals each in the second as the Flyers trailed 4-2.In the third period the Mustangs went up 6-2 with two goals. Fort St. John closed the gap to 6-3 but that’s as close as they would get. Sturgeon scored with just over five minutes left to close out the scoring.Advertisementlast_img read more

Aerial Combat

first_imgNFL: Colts’ high-octane passing game will face Broncos’ No.1 pass defense. By Lee Rasizer SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Peyton Manning has dominated the Denver Broncos secondary in recent meetings, with 12 touchdowns and only one interception the last three games in which he has played more than one series. Only 17 of Manning’s 98 passes fell incomplete during that span, which includes two AFC wild-card playoff wins, while the Colts averaged 41.3 points. Will anything change when the Indianapolis Colts meet Denver today? Manning mainly has stayed away from Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey who covers his favorite target, Marvin Harrison. Instead he locks in on other receivers. Harrison has only 14 catches for 122 yards and one touchdown against the Broncos since Bailey’s joined the series. But Reggie Wayne has been every bit the Broncos killer as Manning with 28 catches for 492 yards and seven touchdowns the last four times he has played against the Broncos. And Indianapolis tight end Dallas Clark and Brandon Stokley, formerly the Colts’ third wideout and now in a similar role with the Broncos, each have had games with 100-plus receiving yards in recent matchups. “When I first got here, that was the first question I was asked: `Do you think you were drafted to try and stop Peyton Manning?”‘ said Broncos nickel cornerback Domonique Foxworth, who didn’t play much in last year’s meeting while the Colts employed extensive two-tight end sets. “And whether I was or wasn’t, it’s important.” Manning, almost in aw-shucks fashion, scoffed at any notion he has discovered some kind of secret to strafing the Broncos secondary despite single-game totals of 345, 377 and 458 yards in his last three full games against Denver. “We’ve just had really good execution the past couple times we’ve played them,” he told Denver reporters earlier this week. “But it’s certainly been on a year-to-year basis and it has nothing to do with the year before and the year before. We’ve just gotten hot at the right times and been able to click pretty well in the passing game. But there’s no real explanation to it.” The Broncos’ search for answers this year landed the team cornerback Dre Bly in a trade. He’ll get to test his previous Pro Bowl credentials in a likely matchup with Wayne, and publicly is embracing the challenge. “It’s just another game for me,” Bly said. “They’ve got Marvin on one side and Reggie on the other. But I was brought here to help make more plays in the secondary and try to get this team to the next level. And with the Colts being the defending champs, it will be a good test for us secondary-wise because we haven’t faced a quarterback of his caliber so far or a passing attack like the Colts.” The Broncos have the top-rated pass defense, allowing 88.3 yards a game. But the Broncos also have faced a league-low 58 pass attempts, with their first three opponents running nearly twice as often as passing. “It’s Peyton Manning. He’s going to throw at you,” said Broncos cornerback Jeff Shoate, who has covered the slot receiver in recent weeks while Foxworth nursed an injury and has witnessed the series up close since 2004. “I’ve never seen him not throw at anybody. Even last year, when (Joseph) Addai was having that great year and they were running the ball at people more, he was still slinging the ball around the field. That’s their offense.” Manning has completed 66 of 101 attempts in averaging 291 passing yards per game. “The one thing about Peyton is he adjusts better than anybody,” Bailey said. “So we have to adjust on the run as well.” The Colts quarterback finished with his ninth straight 3,000-yard passing season in 2006. And while he and Harrison remain the league’s top quarterback-receiver tandem with 107 touchdowns, Manning and Wayne have crept into third with 38 scores through the air, demonstrating their offensive potency. “They are the best passing offense in the league, maybe ever,” Foxworth said. “They’ve broken a lot of records and Peyton’s as good as it gets as far as quarterbacks, and their receivers and tight ends are as good as they get, too. … We feel we have the best pass defense. So we’re looking forward to matching up.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Young Donegal musicians play alongside elite Irish bands for NYE Countdown Concert

first_imgDonegal band Little Hours, fronted by John Doherty and Ryan Mc Closkey, took to the stage in Dublin last night to play with some of the best contemporary Irish bands to ring in the New Year.They played alongside Walking on Cars, The Blizzards and Brian Deady.Previously, Little Hours have played alongside greats such as The Coronas and at huge festivals such as Indiependence. Little Hours play as thousands attend to ring in the New YearThe 3 Countdown Ball is an annual event held at St. Stephen’s Green South, being broadcast across the world on the RTÉ Player.The wind and rain didn’t deter fans from having a fantastic time as the atmosphere and quality of music won out over the nip in the air.President Michael D. Higgins even dropped down to watch from a nearby building.If you missed Little Hours’ performance you can view it by following this link:http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/new-years-eve-live-extras-30003164/10668129/ To keep up to date with Little Hours you can find them on Facebook and Instagram.You can listen to their new single, ‘Water’ below!Young Donegal musicians play alongside elite Irish bands for NYE Countdown Concert was last modified: January 1st, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:bandconcertdonegaldublinlittle hoursNew Year’s EveNYElast_img read more

DONEGAL TEENAGERS REVEAL WHY THEY WANT TO TALK ABOUT SEX

first_imgDonegal teenagers want to talk about sex and there’s good reason for it.Donegal Youth Service are this week launching their second annual ‘Let’s Talk about Sex Week’, which takes place on the 23rd-28th April.The aim of the week is to promote healthy and supportive conversations with young people about sex, sexual health and sexuality. They also want to encourage adults to get involved especially parents, family members, teachers, youth workers and all the key influencers in young people’s lives.As DYS Regional Director Lorraine Thompson explains, “we want to ensure that young people are supported in terms of having someone to talk to and make sense of all the mixed messages they get and to know where to go to find factual, understandable information.”According to a survey by UNICEF in late 2011 more than half of teenagers in Ireland use the internet to find out information about sex and many of these believe they can be reliably informed viewing pornography.Lorraine says this can cause it’s own problems. “With the huge availability of pornography on the internet young people are getting a skewed and unnatural sense of sex and sexuality and this does not bode well for healthy relationships.“For many parents this is problematic because their teenagers are not interested in having ‘the chat about the birds and the bees’ because they find it too embarrassing.”There will be a huge amount of events running across the week, including:· A two-day Sexual Health Train the Trainer course entitled “Love Hurts”,· The Planet Youth Project in Ballybofey are working on a STI leaflet · Health Promotion will be running Internet Safety for Parents sessions· Letterkenny Youth Information Centre are devisng a drama piece on the akwardness of talking about sex as well as holding a screening of their “Lets Talk About Sex” film.· The Breakout LGBT youth group are working on sexual health awareness· Buncrana Youth Drop-in centre are doing a radio show focusing on sexual health · Castlefinn Youth Club are having a sexual health awareness session· The HSE are running two Social Networking Safely sessions with Parentstop· Letterkenny Womens Centre are hosting a Real Deal Project· The LOFT youth Project are organising a Parents information evening on talking to your child about sex· The ‘ S’ Word a young peoples sexual health awareness conferenceAlong side all of these events we are organising daily speakers on the Highland Radio Shaun Doherty show which includes sexologist Siobhan O Higgins.Regional Director of Donegal Youth Service, Lorraine Thompson said the ideal scenario is that sex is talked about openly in a positive and healthy manner in homes.“As a society we need to improve our attitudes towards sex and begin to initiate conversations with our children from a young age so that it is part of normal healthy development and not something to be embarrassed or ashamed about.“This will help to ensure that our children are better informed and less likely to believe the myths that currently exist, but more importantly parents will be able to talk about their values and beliefs,” she said.If you would like to find out more about the events taking place you can access the Lets Talk About Sex facebook page at www.facebook.com/letstalkaboutsexdonegalIf you would like to add any events or information to the Facebook Page please forward to sheena.boyle@donegalyouthservice.ie or letstalkaboutsexdonegal@gmail.comDONEGAL TEENAGERS REVEAL WHY THEY WANT TO TALK ABOUT SEX was last modified: April 11th, 2012 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:DOnegal Youth ServicesLet’s Talk About Sex Weeklast_img read more

Watch: Heartbreaking video shows extent of damage in flood-stricken Inishowen

first_imgPhotographer Paul McMenamin captured this footage yesterday over Inishowen, showing the extent of damage caused by the floods.Despite almost one week of clean-ups and gruelling work, the amount of repairs still needed is overwhelming.Paul says; “Swanpark in Buncrana is ruined, the water tore a huge chunk, several tonnes of earth, from the river bank, destroyed huge concrete walls, stripped the bridge of its surface and walls. “The road between Quigley’s point and Muff looks like it was hit by an air strike, the road is literally gone.“In Derry Drumahoe playing grounds are completely ruined, the bus stops alongside it have collapsed and fallen away as have roads not far from the area, while sites are flooded.”The shot of the road was taken outside Muff was taken on Friday – the rest was captured yesterday. You can find Paul’s other videos of Inishowen over on his YouTube channel.Watch: Heartbreaking video shows extent of damage in flood-stricken Inishowen was last modified: August 27th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:floodInishowenwatchlast_img read more

How to host a great Dönerstag event

first_imgName tags are great for any event, but make a game out of it by having your guests try to match the geocaching username to the person. You never know just how many stories are behind a name! Everyone loves prizes! Award prizes for the best costume or keep it simple with a random raffle drawing for all attendees! Not your average logbook: create a logbook for your event in the shape of a kebab or to look like the striped Döner paper wrapper! SharePrint RelatedWhere in the world is Signal? (Hint: Grüße aus Deutschland!)February 24, 2017In “News”Dönerstag celebrations from around the worldApril 24, 2017In “Community”How to organize a great Dönerstag eventMarch 14, 2017In “Español” Variations of kebab are all around the world. For a DIY project, create a Pin the Kebab on the Country gameboard! In 2017, we’re celebrating geocaching around the world and as Signal prepares to visit Germany for Dönerstag, we’re sharing a guide on how to host an awesome Dönerstag event!Last year, there were over 35,000 geocaching events around the globe. Events are a chance to meet fellow geocachers, swap trackables, learn about the game, share experiences, and have fun! Read on to learn how to celebrate Dönerstag wherever you are.Remember, you can earn the first-ever Dönerstag souvenir by attending a geocaching event on April 13, 2017!Get CreativeDöner kebabs, made traditionally of roasted meat cooked on a vertical spit, gained popularity in Germany in the 1980s. However, you don’t have to be in Germany to enjoy Döner kebab!Kebab goes by many names, such as shawarma or gyros, and vary from region to region. Check out this list of similar dishes from around the world!Make it funMusic, games, and prizes, oh my! Preparing a few activities in advance is a great way to break the ice and keep guests having fun! We’ve gathered a few ideas to make your Dönerstag event an international success!Set the tone by playing German music, after all Dönerstag is a German geocaching holiday! Want to take things up a notch? A spicy Döner sauce eating contest might be just what you’re looking for. Caution: play this game at your own risk!Don’t forgetYou can host Event Caches anywhere available to the public — such as a restaurant or park. But be sure to find a place that has enough space and let the venue know you’re coming. Geocaching events need to be submitted at least two weeks before the event date. Submit your Dönerstag events for review no later than March 30, 2017. Once your event has been published, share the event listing with your local geocaching organization and on social media.Most importantly though, have fun! These awesome Dönerstag party pointers will surely make your event one to remember. Can we be invited?Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Davis Cup Finals: 18 Nations Bid in Revamped Format with Organisers Hoping for Magic Start in Madrid

first_imgMadrid: Eighteen nations will gather in Madrid’s La Caja Magica on Monday as the men’s tennis season culminates with a revamped Davis Cup format dreamt up by a man who earns his living playing football for Barcelona.The week-long football World Cup-style Davis Cup Finals will be the biggest shake-up the 119-year-old team event has ever had and is being bankrolled by Barca defender Gerard Pique’s investment firm Kosmos to the tune of $3 billion over 25 years. It has not been smooth sailing for the International Tennis Federation (ITF) since it announced the radical revamp with some accusing the organisation of selling the soul of a competition loved by tennis diehards, but which had slowly lost its lustre.There is also the small matter of the ATP Cup – seen as a rival competition – launching in January.As for any large sporting event the key ingredient will be the quality of the entertainment and the atmosphere.Nineteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal will lead the Spanish team, while Novak Djokovic will play for Serbia, Andy Murray for Britain and Nick Kyrgios will surely spice things up as he turns out for Davis Cup heavyweights Australia.But there will be notable absentees. Roger Federer’s Switzerland failed to qualify, world number five Dominic Thiem’s Austria also missed out while Germany will be without Alexander Zverev who has shunned the event.Fast-rising Russian Daniil Medvedev withdrew this week to recover after a long season while other big names such as Canada’s Milos Raonic are injured.The format will involve the 18 nations, which include two wildcards, split into six groups of three with the winners and best two runners-up moving on to the knockout phase.Group ties will involve two singles and a doubles with rubbers played over best of three sets tiebreak sets.The final will be contested next Sunday.As well as the main arena at La Caja Majica (The Magic Box), matches will also be played on two smaller courts to enable the jam-packed schedule to be completed in a week.Critics of the new venture cited the loss of the uniquely partisan Davis Cup atmospheres.While Spain will be vocally backed and Britain has sold 1,000 tickets, the prospect of matches taking place in front of banks of empty seats will worry organisers.Murray, who famously won the Davis Cup for Britain in Ghent in 2015, roared on by deafening crowds, said while he is intrigued by the new format, he is concerned that the Magic Box might be lacking the magic created by the fans.”I’m going to miss that but I love being around the team and I’m excited to see what the new format looks like and I hope the atmosphere is brilliant,” he said. “That’s my one concern.”Croatia will arrive as defending champions having won the last traditional final last year against France in Lille and will face a tough task in Group B where they take on Spain and Russia without top player Marin Cilic.Nadal, despite some abdominal issues, is expected to line up for Spain, although whether or not he would last a potential five singles matches in six days is doubtful.The 33-year-old said fans should expect the unexpected.”Of course is something special, something new, and when it’s something new, you need to be ready for something unexpected,” he said. “Let’s see how the things works.” barcelonadavis cupDavis Cup Finalsfinals First Published: November 18, 2019, 12:00 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Neymar 222m euro payout made, says FC Barcelona

first_imgBrazil star Neymar has cleared the way for him to join Paris Saint-Germain by paying a 222 million euro ($262 million) buyout clause Thursday that frees him from his contract with Barcelona.There was no immediate confirmation of a transfer by PSG. But Neymar’s representative Wagner Ribeiro had already said on Wednesday that PSG was willing to pay the clause.Barcelona said in a statement that “Neymar Jr’s legal representatives visited in person the club’s offices and made the payment of 222 million euros in the player’s name with regards to the unilateral termination of the contract that united both parties.”The payment of the clause shatters the previous world record transfer of 105 million euros (then $116 million) that Manchester United paid for France midfielder Paul Pogba last year.Barcelona also said that “the club will pass on to UEFA the details of the above operation so that they can determine the disciplinary responsibilities that may arise from this case.”The comment follows a claim by Spanish league president Javier Tebas on Wednesday that Neymar’s move would break Financial Fair Play rules introduced by UEFA, European soccer’s ruling body.Barcelona did all it could to stop Neymar from leaving, and had vowed to complain to UEFA if his seemingly untouchable release clause was triggered.The payment of the clause directly to the club was the second attempt Neymar’s representatives had made on Thursday to break his bond with Barcelona.Earlier in the day, his lawyer Juan de Dios Crespo had tried to deposit the enormous sum at the Spanish league’s offices in Madrid, but he was turned away.advertisementTebas had told Spanish sports daily AS that he wouldn’t let the league act as an intermediary to an operation that he, like Barcelona, believed violated UEFA’s FFP rules. He had called PSG a “state-supported club.” The club’s Qatari owners are closely linked to the energy-rich ruling family.Neymar ended weeks of silence by telling Barcelona’s executives, players and coach on Wednesday that his intention was to leave the club after four seasons.Barcelona spokesman Josep Vives responded that the club would not negotiate and would demand the full payment of the clause. Last year, Neymar signed a new contract with Barcelona that tied him to the Catalan club through 2021.In France, Neymar’s move was seen as a done deal on Thursday.Having met PSG president Nasser Al-Khalaifi at a charity event, French President Emmanuel Macron took the opportunity to give him “congratulations, I understand there’s been some good news.”France’s budget minister also had reason to celebrate. Gerald Darmanin told France-Inter radio “It’s better that this football player pays his taxes in France than elsewhere.”However, Lyon club president Jean-Michel Aulas launched a barb at his big-spending rival in a message posted on Twitter: “Congrats to Nasser for the realization of this worldwide unique operation: I’m impatient to know about the real costs of the operation.”At 25 years old, Neymar is already one of soccer’s top talents.Neymar scored 105 goals playing alongside Lionel Messi and was a key playmaker for Barcelona as it won a Champions League, two Spanish leagues, three Copa del Reys, one Club World Cup, a UEFA Super Cup and two Spanish Super Cups.The expectation at PSG will be for him to lead it to elusive Champions League success.last_img read more