Adventure of a lifetime about to begin …15th Annual

The Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) in collaboration with Rainforest Tours and Safari Club with support from members of the private sector, earlier today, launched the 15th Annual Pakaraima Mountain Safari at the Tocuma Indigenous Restaurant at Waterloo Street, Georgetown.Director of the GTA, Indranauth Haralsingh said that this Safari expedition is the largest to date, with close to 200 persons occupying thirty vehicles and forty motor cycles that will hit the trail from April 8th to 16th.Dubbing the activity ‘an adventure of a lifetime’, Haralsingh noted that the 1,000-mile journey will take participants through 14 Amerindian villages.Participants will assemble at the event’s main sponsor; GuyOil on Regent Street at 4.00pm on April 8th where they will be outfitted with Safari and other stickers to be placed on their vehicles. They will depart Georgetown around 7:00 pm. (Carl Croker)  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPakaraima Mountain Safari 2014 is on; begins April 12March 21, 2014In “Local News”Fourth South Rupununi Safari launchedNovember 22, 2016In “Environment”North Pakaraima Mountain Safari takes off this weekendApril 10, 2019In “Entertainment” read more

NA Prison officer detained after ganja contraband find

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedInvestigation launched into prisoners posing on FB with contrabandMay 14, 2018In “Crime”Four Prison Officers to be charged for smuggling contraband into Lusignan PrisonSeptember 25, 2018In “Crime”3 Lusignan prison officers being investigated after parcel thrown over fenceMay 1, 2018In “Crime” A New Amsterdam (NA) Prison Officer is now in hot water after he was seen on surveillance footage smuggling a parcel later found to contain narcotics and contraband into the said prison.The officer who reportedly admitted to the offence was seen with the parcel which reportedly came over the prison’s fence.This publication was informed that he was later seen with the said package conspiring with a prisoner to secure same in the prison’s kitchen.According to the Director of Prisons, Glawdin Samuels after acting on the information received, a middle manager of the prison conducted a search when the said parcel was discovered.The parcel reportedly contained some 1032 grams of cannabis along with 36 packs of cigarettes.As such, the prison officer has since been handed over to the Police. read more

Huge growth in Australian mining jobs

first_imgIn a joint statement, the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) and the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia explain that Australia’s minerals industry will need to find an extra 70,000 workers over the next decade to meet its demand for labour, according to a new report from the Minerals Industry National Skills Shortage Strategy (NSSS) Working Party. Buoyed by sustained global economic growth, employment in the minerals sector is projected to increase by 76% over the next decade, equating to more than 70,000 new positions, with significant gaps between supply and demand according to the report, Staffing the Supercycle: Labour Force Outlook in the Minerals Sector, 2005-2015.The report was funded by the Federal Department of Education, Science and Training, and undertaken by the National Institute of Labour Studies at Flinders University in Adelaide. Employment growth identified in this report predominates in Western Australia and Queensland with 42,000 and 15,000 positions projected respectively. Significant employment growth is also anticipated in the NSW and South Australian resources sectors. The demand for workers, in terms of absolute numbers, is expected to be most acute in trades and semiskilled positions, with the copper, nickel and bauxite/alumina industries experiencing the strongest growth. However, shortages in certain professional occupations and the challenge to attract enough people into these occupations will remain critical.The report provides a new insight into the issue of skills shortages, and the occupations where shortages are likely to become most acute, according to NSSS Chairman and Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA President, Dr David Smith. “This study provides valuable indications about the extent of future jobs growth in the resources sector, during this historic phase of demand for Australia’s raw materials,” he said. “It underlines the need for industry and Government to continue their efforts to skill and upskill Australians, to take full advantage of the economic strength in the minerals sector.”The projected demand for labour reinforces the need for a vigorous multi-faceted response according to the MCA’s Chief Executive, Mitchell H Hooke. “As this report highlights, we are not just looking at a skills shortage, but in fact a people shortage. In this context, the Federal Government’s recent Skills for the Future package is particularly timely. There’s no room for complacency given the anticipated demand for labour,” he said.Smith said: “Industry must continue to be enterprising to attract, train and retain workers. Some industry initiatives include establishing an Australian Technical College in the Pilbara in partnership with the Federal and Western Australian Governments, offering more apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities as well as promoting university collaboration in the delivery of minerals related undergraduate and post-graduate courses. The minerals industry continues to develop innovative strategies to attract young Australians and mature workers including working with schools and tertiary institutions to showcase mining related careers. We are a key industry participant in the Federal Government’s Careers Advice Australia initiative’’.Staffing the Supercycle: Labour Force Outlook in the Minerals Sector, 2005-2015, is available on the MCA website: and the CME website: read more

Hawk Measurement streamlines calibration for level measurement

first_imgTo help simplify the calibration of its 4th generation acoustic technology on the Sultan Acoustic Wave Level, Hawk Measurement has added a new firmware program, making start-up a much simpler process. This will allow for up to 22 different applications in mining as diverse as ROM bins, process slurry sumps, primary crushers, stockpile monitoring and positioning that can start up with a minimum of adjustments.Converting the AWR234SUXXXX Remote Sultan transmitter from a 3-4 wire AC/DC supply to a 2 wire loop powered 24v DC supply sometimes meant calibration changes to the transducer, but this is now automatically calibrated with the new firmware upgrade. Jack Evans, President of Hawk, America, stated “We have known for some time, that simplifying calibration will mean better customer acceptance. This firmware gives new life to a product that is still the most powerful and flexible Acoustic Transmitter in the market.”last_img read more

Bosna Sarajevo sign a new goalkeeper – Ivan Martinovic

Experienced goalkeeper, Ivan Martinovic (32) signed two years contract with the Champions of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosna BH Gas from Sarajevo. He played in ASOBAL for a few seasons (Octavio Pilotes, Teucro). Before that, Martinovic collected goalkeeping experience in the biggest teams from Croatia – C.O Zagreb, Metkovic, Pipo… Bosna SArajevo handballIvan Martinovic ← Previous Story Women’s U19 EURO 2011: Norway is out of the medals battle! Next Story → Successful Global Coaching Clinic staged in Oman read more

18 of the greatest Halloween pumpkins ever carved

first_img1. Heisenberg Source: Fiona Cauchi2. Alien Source: Imgur3. The best possible way to announce your baby Source: Imgur4. Queen Source: Imgur5. Bare skull Source: Imgur6. Elmo from Love/Hate Source: Corrina Stone7. Pure terror Source: Imgur8. Doctor Who Source: Imgur9. Oppa Pumpkin Style Source: Imgur10. American football player Source: Imgur11. Starry Night Source: Imgur12. Flaming skull Source: Imgur13. Thou Shalt Not Pass Source: Imgur14. Bare skull Source: Imgur15. Completely hollowed-out Source: Imgur(OK, it’s completely impractical. But still an impressive feat of pumpkin engineering.)16. Homer Source: Imgur17. The Scream Source: Imgur18. And real, playable Tetris. Source: ImgurSome of these pumpkins came via the excellent subreddit r/pumpkins. Have you carved a pumpkin this year? Email your pics to and we’ll collect the best!26 wonderful photos of terrified Irish lads in a haunted house>14 families who have totally nailed dressing up for Halloween>last_img read more

Theres something about Enda Taoiseach being seriously talked about for EU job

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY is “being seriously talked about” in relation to taking over as either head of the European Commission or the European Council, according to Transport Minister Leo Varadkar,Speculation here and in Europe centres on Kenny and Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen as well as a number of others being in the running for the race to be the next president of the Commission – a role held by Jose Manuel Barroso since 2004 – when the position becomes vacant next June.Kenny is also speculated to be in the mix for the role of president of the European Council – currently Herman van Rompuy – when that position becomes available in December 2014.Varadkar told RTÉ’s Marian Finucane programme that although he has not heard if Kenny is interested in the roles – and he would be surprised if the Taoiseach did decide to make the switch to Europe – he is not surprised his name is being mentioned.“I am not surprised that he’s being seriously talked about because he is,” he said.“He is very much in the top three or four that people talk about and that’s I suppose down to his performance as president when we had the [EU] presidency and also what’s at least perceived in Europe, if not in Ireland, of a success story here in Ireland.”The Minister added: “So he is definitely one of the ones who’s being approached. Whether he’d like to do it, I don’t know. I think he wants to finish the job here quite frankly, but that for him to answer.”Speaking to RTÉ last September, Enda Kenny said he was “flattered” to be linked to the job of European Commission president but added that intends to fulfil his mandate as Taoiseach.Read: Taoiseach expects decision on post-bailout credit facility before December exitTaoiseach on Merkel ‘bugging’ claims: ‘I always operate on the basis that my calls are listened to’Enda Kenny tells the Seanad: ‘I come in peace, not in war’last_img read more

Minister Brendan Howlin describes increased FOI fee as a token charge

first_imgTHE INCREASE IN charges for Freedom of Information requests has been defended by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin who says that charges are appropriate “in the current climate”.Speaking during a debate on the legislation this afternoon the Minister described the €15 fee as a ‘token charge’ and added that such fees were entirely fair ‘given that the average cost to process such requests was €600′.He said the fee must be viewed in light of the fees paid by people in other circumstances and specifically cited the recent introduction of prescriptionSinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald who opened the debate in the committee this afternoon said it was “dishonest” of the Minister to talk about the prescription charge given that its recent increase was a decision taken by his own Government.McDonald criticised the “eleventh hour” decision on Friday to add extra charges to the legislation. These changes she said had “taken all the good” out of the positive aspects to the FOI Bill which extends it to more public bodies such as NTMA, the Garda Síochána and the Central Bank.McDonald along with TDs Stephen Donnelly and Seán Fleming had requested that the debate on the bill be adjourned for a number of days or weeks to allow time for experts and interested parties such as the NUJ appear before the committee. This proposal was rejected by the wider committee.The three TDs argued that the charges for FOI requests would act as a disincentive for investigative journalists and in particular freelance journalists.“Manifestly different questions”Howlin said that the primary reason for charging for each additional FOI request was to prevent “manifestly different questions” in individual requests. The Minster argued that departments must be able to discriminate between different questions contained within a single request that are completely separate issues.He said that he wanted the civil servants employed to process FOI requests to be given standardised training so that those making FOI requests “don’t get different responses” from different branches of the State.McDonald completely disagreed with Howlin’s assessment that the inclusion of charges acted as a method of preventing requests being loaded by separate questions saying that the very existence of fees in the first place creates the problem of people loading questions into a single request.AmendmentsThe Oireachtas Sub-Committee on Public Expenditure and Reform is this evening discussing amendments to the bill. Intended for discussions are the nature of exemptions intended for commercial semi-state companies to allow them to compete with private companies.The merits of the inclusion of state monopolies such as Irish Water in FOI legislation will also be debated.Read: How will the new Freedom of Information charges compare to other countries? >Read: Department’s FOI amendments ‘run entirely contrary to spirit’ of bill >last_img read more

€51 million Garda payroll overrun is bad planning by Shatter – Fianna

first_imgA SUPPLEMENTARY BUDGET of €51 million will be sought by the Department of Justice this week – with reports that it is to ensure that Garda payrolls can be paid for the rest of the year.Fianna Fáil justice spokesperson Niall Collins says that he has received notification that the matter will come before the Oireachtas Justice Committee on Wednesday.Collins says that the over run in ex was highlighted “consistently” throughout the year.Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland today, Collins said that he had asked Alan Shatter a number of times if there was an issue in relation to his department.“Regrettably, every time I raised it, he (Alan Shatter) dismissed out of hand any concerns we had.”Collins said that the issue is not time-related, saying that the idea that supplemental budgets are required as a matter of course late in the year is wrong.“This money is to fund basic Garda payroll services. Garda management obviously have to plan their manpower for the year.“The situation is that they obviously felt compromised. I have been told that senior Garda management made contact with the department early in the year.”Collins said that specialist Garda units had been stood down due to budget constraints, but said that the questions lay with the Justice Minister.“I think the minister has completely miscalculated here.“He seemed to have planned around a certain number of retirements that never materialised.“But that is bad planning and bad administration by the minister.”The Department of Justice could not give any information on the request or where it might be spent.Read: Shatter responds to concerns about Irish prisonsRead: Garda escort bikes out of action for two monthslast_img read more

The Attorney Generals advice NOT to introduce prolife constitutional amendment

first_imgIT WAS NO secret in 1983 that the Attorney General foresaw problems with the wording for the proposed amendment to the Constitution to prohibit abortions in Ireland.Peter Sutherland described the amendment, as written by the previous Fianna Fáil-led government, as “ambiguous and unclear”.In his advice, given to the Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald on 15 February and 1 March 1983, he explained that the Pro-Life lobby’s requirements could not be “complied with by any formula of words”. The answer to the dilemma, he said, was either to give the Supreme Court the power to interpret or allow the legislature to retain that power.He also pondered the question of what “unborn” means, explaining that its definition could not be stated “with certainty”.He gave his advice “in the light of this background” which led to the Fine Gael government seeking a change to the wording – a vote they ultimately lost in the Dáil.The original wording -The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.- was then put to the public in a referendum in September and passed into law the following month.Here are just some extracts from Sutherland’s 33-page document, a number of which predicted some of the issues that have pervaded Irish society over the past three decades.The following extracts are from a memo to government on 15 February 1983First ThoughtsIn summary: the wording is ambiguous and unsatisfactory. It will lead inevitably to confusion and uncertainty, not merely amongst the medical profession, to whom it has of course particular relevance, but also amongst lawyers and more specifically the judges who will have to interpret it.Far from providing the protection and certainty which is sought by many of those who have advocated its adoption it will have a contrary effect. “Any attempt to achieve the dual objectives apparently now sought by some, of tying the hands of both the Oireachtas and the Courts carries grave risk not merely for the health of mothers but for their unborn offspring.”The Complexities of LanguageThe overall reason, which crops up in almost every facet of any attempted solution is that the subject matter of the amendment sough is of such complexity, involves so many matters of medical and scientific, moral and jurisprudential expertise as to be incapable of accurate encapsulation into a simple constitution-type provision.“Words which one would expect in normal usage to be quite clear in their simplicity, in the context of a proposed amendment, take on complex but vital ambiguities which make their use in a constitution not only undesirable but dangerous in their uncertainty…“A good example of this is the word ‘life’….Any positive statement of an undefined right to life will not bring finality but rather confusion.”The 1861 ActIt would appear that few if any illegal abortions are performed in Ireland, to judge by the almost complete lack of prosecutions for the crime of abortion. Given the availability of abortion in Britain that is what one would expect. There are no judicial decisions in relation to a number of grey areas where the legality of operations which may affect the life of the unborn are concerned.One assumes that where doubts exist about the legality of treatment the medical profession in Ireland adopt a caution approach – given that the penalty under sections 58 and 59 of the Act is penal servitude for life this is what one would expect – and the treatment involved may be easily available abroad. Confusing Doctors“The proposed Amendment will in my view tend to confuse a doctor as to his responsibilities rather than assist him and the consequence may well be to inhibit him in making decision as to whether treatment should be given in a particular case.”Uncertainty as to its meaning and effect could have the most serious consequences. These ambiguities and uncertainties are inherent in any statement of a general right since the scope and extent of such a right must be settled by the Supreme Court, and often this will become definitive only after perhaps a number of references to the Court.The following extracts are from a memo to government on 1 March 1983Balancing PowersThe proponents of the amendment originally sough to prevent the Courts from legalising abortion in any circumstances. They now seek also to prevent the Oireachtas from doing so. The two aims are incompatible, because the rights concerned by their nature cannot be absolute and may have to be balanced. To take the matter out of the hands of the Oireachtas by a positive statement of rights inevitably gives the decision on interpretation of these to the Courts and increases the risk of the type of finding which was initially used to justify seeking the amendment.” [Editor’s note: the reference here is to the US Supreme Court decision in Roe -v- Wade] “Further having regard to the equal rights of the unborn and the mother, a doctor faced with the dilemma of saving the life of the mother, knowing that to do so will terminate the life of “the unborn” will be compelled by the wording to conclude that he can do nothing. Whatever his intention he will have to show equal regard for both lives and his predominant intent will not be a factor. In these circumstances, I cannot approve of the wording proposed.”The ‘Unborn’The use of the word ‘unborn’ in the proposed Amendment is significant because it has not to my knowledge been used in a similar context, that is as a noun standing on its own. The word is usually taken in association with ‘child’, ‘person’ or ‘human being’. The word, used as a noun, is not in fact defined in any of the standard English dictionaries. The reason why it is used in the proposal, without any supporting noun, deserves detailed consideration as this is the word which defines the class to be afforded protection.Incorrect Opinion“The meaning of ‘with due regard to’ is entirely unclear. These words are generally perceived to allow for, at least, termination of the life of the foetus in the cases of ectopic pregnancy or cancer of the uterus. The words ‘with due regard to’ have been understood by many to suggest that the right to life enjoyed by the unborn was to be confined in some way. That interpretation is in my opinion incorrect…“…The right to life of both the unborn and the mother is stated in the proposed text to be equal and in these circumstances I cannot see how it could be possible to knowingly terminate the existence of the unborn even if such termination was the secondary effect of an operation for another purpose.”The issue of intention does not arise in the proposed Amendment, and thus, it seems to me, that even if the termination of the pregnancy is an incidental consequence of an operation to save the life of the mother it would be prohibited.The correct logical interpretation is that the right to life provided for the unborn is absolute. If a doctor were to be faced with the choice as to saving the life of one, and thereby terminating the life of the other, then I believe that the only lawful conclusion to this dilemma would be that he could do nothing, absolutely nothing, which infringed on either right. It is only where there is no possibility of the foetus surviving even without the doctor’s intervention that no difficulty will arise. “Before discussing the areas of doubt which exist in the 1861 Act, I should emphasise that the Act absolutely prohibits abortion for social convenience, or the type of abortion which is normally considered when one is talking about ‘abortion on demand’. In such cases, there is no reason to believe that the Act is in any sense ineffective or that any problems would arise in prosecuting persons who procure abortions in such circumstances.”Again I should emphasise that where legal doubts exist, in the light of the serious penalties provided for in the Act it seems likely that where a doctor considers that an abortion is justified but that it might be illegal he would probably not operate himself. The result may be that the mother would go abroad.“It is a novel idea to ensconce an Act in the Constitution in such a manner, and one which could have unforeseeable and perhaps undesirable consequences, and which could set an unfortunate precedent in other areas and ultimately even provide a means whereby the fundamental rights guaranteed in our Constitution could be undermined.”The most important reason for opposing the ensconcement of the 1861 Act in our legislation is, however, its uncertainty. It is not merely undesirable, but entirely unacceptable to me that legislation whose extent and import is not entirely clear should be ensconced in the Constitution.Alternative WordsOn receipt of the advice from the Attorney General’s office, Fitzgerald moved to change the wording of the proposal to be put to the people. During committee stage, the alternative wording -Nothing in this Constitution shall be invoked to invalidate, or to deprive of force or effect, any provision of a law on the ground that it prohibits abortion.- was suggested. Commenting on that, Sutherland said it was marginally more favourable but he could still pick holes.“One thing can be said however and that is that right of the unborn is not absolute under this proposal. The Court will define how the balance is to be struck between conflicting rights to life,” he concluded.For further study, see the National Archives Ref 2013/100/557-5691982: Government was warned of pro-life amendment’s clash with ECHRExplainer: What will Ireland’s new abortion law change?last_img read more