We must consider the impact of manganese mining on our society

first_imgDear Editor,With a forecasted price of manganese (Mn) at US$3.2 per dry metric tonne unit and given that recent prices for some quality Mn could stay around the US$6 mark, the overall Government earnings could be substantial for the 26 million tonnes available over the projected 12-year period.However, Bosai’s business only makes approximately 10 per cent profit and taxes. How much does the Guyanese Government get and the structure of the contract is worth better understanding.Taking a small percentage from a business partner that also makes a small percentage is not a good long-term strategy to pursue, especially given the inherent damage to the environment associated with such an industry. Our preference should be towards investing in businesses that target above 15 per cent net income and that are also bringing value added products in its portfolio while being in alignment with our sustainable green strategy.The health risks of manganese mining have been shown to have negative neurological effects on adults with exposure levels being dependent on the mining methodology used. Both airborne and waterborne exposure also has a negative impact on children in mining areas. Resulting farming produce in the area after mining may also be negatively impacted and deemed unhealthy.Referencing such case studies as the one on Molango in Mexico (one of the manganese mines in the world of similar potential as that found in Matthews Ridge) should be reviewed before final approval of this project is given.In addition, given the company’s history in Guyana, when one remembers the death of their employees in 2013, a close review of planned operations should be undertaken with the necessary safeguards put in place. The risk vs the reward to the Government raises many questions on the long-term plan for Region One and how to make the best long-term use of the proposed 45 thousand plus acres to be utilised. This plan must also go beyond the 13 years proposed for the project and clearly show a strong linkage to our country’s sustainable environmental plan.Best regards,Jamil Changleelast_img read more

Sophia man stabbed to death during “bicycle” row

first_imgA late-night misunderstanding on Wednesday between two friends turned deadly during an armed confrontation the following morning.Dead is 26-year-old Seon Harry, called “Shoulder”, of Plum Park, Block E, South Sophia, Greater Georgetown. The incident occurred around 08:30h on Thursday morning at South Sophia Squatting Area.According to Police reports, Harry borrowed the suspect’s bicycle on Wednesday evening and after returning it after midnight, the two had a brief but heated exchange of words.It did not end there. The now dead man armed himself with a cutlass the following morning and dealt the suspect, who does by the name “Ding Dong”, several chops during a confrontation. In retaliation, the injured man dealt Harry one stab to his body.Guyana Times was told that it was ego that led to Thursday morning’s confrontation between the two men, who were friends.This newspaper was told that on Wednesday night, another person known to both men picked up “Ding Dong”’s bike without his knowledge and then handed it to Harry who returned it.Upon returning the bicycle, a heated argument ensued between the two men at a hangout spot during which the suspect became annoyed and threw down a plate of food that Harry’s girlfriend had on a nearby table.The men were parted by their friends who were around and they went home.On Thursday morning, however, eyewitnesses say that “Ding Dong” was hanging out with some friends when he noticed Harry on a dam charging towards him, armed with a cutlass.“After Ding Dong see the man on the dam, he pull out a knife and tek off he shirt and wrap it ‘round he hand with the knife and run up to Shoulder on the de dam,” an eyewitness related.According to the man, Harry took the first swing, inflicting three chop wounds on “Ding Dong” – one to his head, his left upper body and another to his abdomen. The injured man in turn then dealt his attacker a fatal single stab.Close associates of the two men called the incident a “senseless act”, but noted that at the rate the two men confronted each other, it was clear one or the other would have ended up dead.“A simple argument just escalate and turn into this situation here… is really rough ‘cause these two [men] were friends and now they gone and throw ‘way they life,” a man related.Meanwhile, an uncle of the now dead man, Brentnol Harry, in expressing his grief on social media, said that his nephew’s death was tough to take.“… Seon now turning [his] life around since [he] getting a ‘lil one on de way and to get dis news… only last [night] we spoke and [this morning] you gone,” the distraught man wrote on his Facebook page.The body of 26-year-old Harry, whose girlfriend is pregnant with his first child, is presently at the Georgetown Public Hospital Mortuary awaiting a post-mortem.The 31-year-old suspect has since turned himself in at the Turkeyen Police Station and is assisting with the investigations. He had to be taken for medical attention to tend to his wounds inflicted by the now dead man. He is expected to be charged for the murder of his good friend. (Vahnu Manikchand)last_img read more

Wenger denies mind games over Lacazette

first_imgInstead, Lacazette was fit to start at the Emirates Stadium and scored Arsenal’s goal.United manager Mourinho made a pointed jibe towards Wenger when asked about his team news ahead of Sunday’s derby against early Premier League pace-setters Manchester City.“I’m telling the truth,” Mourinho said when listing the availability of some of his players. “It’s the truth, eh? No stories of Lacazette or (Manchester City midfielder) David Silva. All the truth.”Wenger, speaking ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League game against BATE Borisov, was asked about Mourinho’s comments and said he was expecting to go into the United game without the former Lyon star.“I thought he wouldn’t play. In the end, he could play. What did you want me to do, leave him at home?” Wenger said on Wednesday.“I’m always honest. I thought really that he wouldn’t play, that’s what I had been told.“After, he had a test on Friday morning and went to the game. We weren’t sure he would play but he tried and he played, that’s part of football.”Arsenal welcome Belarusian Premier League champions BATE on Thursday having already sealed top spot in Group H.Wenger has made mass changes throughout the competition, handing valuable game time to the likes of Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud.Even though progression into the last 32 has been assured, the Frenchman still intends to play those on the fringes of the first team, rather than blood a team of youngsters.Asked how winning the group would affect his team selection, Wenger said: “Not too much, because I have many players available who need competition.“Next week we go into a week with three games and so some players need competition, some experienced players. We’ll play quite an experienced team tomorrow.”Wenger also warned the injury-plagued Wilshere to be careful when ice skating after pictures emerged of the midfielder with his family at a rink earlier in the week.“It’s not ideal. For your balance it’s not bad but for a footballer I don’t think it’s great. It depends as well on what you do,” he said.“You can do ice skating by bringing your child on and just making sure nothing happens to him, or (you can do) ice skating violently, I don’t think he did that.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger rejected the claim from Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho that he was playing mind gamesLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 6-Arsene Wenger has hit back at Jose Mourinho by insisting he wasn’t using gamesmanship when he picked Alexandre Lacazette to face Manchester United 24 hours after saying he would miss the game with a groin injury.France striker Lacazette was a surprise selection for Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat against United last weekend as Gunners boss Wenger had stated he would miss the game due to the injury he suffered against Huddersfield at half-time.last_img read more

Vieira could succeed me at Arsenal -Wenger

first_img0Shares0000When asked if he could see Vieira succeeding him, Wenger replied: “He works in the moment in New York and he works for Man City. He’s a guy who has the potential one day, yes.LONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 20 – Arsene Wenger says former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira “has the potential” to succeed him as manager.Vieira won three Premier League titles under Wenger and is now in third season as manager of New York City FC following a spell in charge of youth development at Manchester City. When asked if he could see Vieira succeeding him, Wenger replied: “He works in the moment in New York and he works for Man City. He’s a guy who has the potential one day, yes.“I’ve followed his managerial career. I think he does very well but overall, this Premier League is special. You have to come in and there are plenty of former players who played here who have potential, the intelligence and knowledge to do it.”Meanwhile, Wenger has called for safe standing at football matches in England and says the Premier League needs to be less conservative and stop waiting for someone else to take the lead.Earlier this month, sports minister Tracey Crouch turned down a proposal from West Brom to introduce safe standing in the Smethwick End at The Hawthorns for both home and away fans next season.The Premier League say they ‘understand and appreciate’ why Crouch would require more evidence before considering a change of policy.“The atmosphere is much better when people stand,” said Wenger. “The closer you are to the position of the player, the more supportive you are.“Imagine if people were lying in bed watching a game; they could fall asleep sometimes. It is better they stand up.“It’s a tradition of English football as well. Overall it is much better. I can understand the safety reasons but if the safety is right it has my 100 per cent backing.”He added: “At the moment, I would say that the Premier League is very conservative in all its decision-making. You can see that with VAR and you see it as well with standing.“I’m a bit more [understanding] with standing because you can raise government rules or safety rules, than with VAR. Personally I’m in favour of it.“The Premier League has been created by people who wanted to be in front of everybody else. At the moment we look a little more like we look first at what happens everywhere else, then if it goes well we follow it.“But it’s a bit more of a conservative approach. That’s the tendency when you are successful, not to take many risks anymore and let’s continue like that.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

League Two news: Blackpool appoint ex-Blackburn boss as manager

first_imgGary Bowyer has been appointed the manager of League Two side Blackpool. The 44-year-old former Blackburn boss has penned a one-year rolling deal at Bloomfield Road and he replaces Neil McDonald, who left the club following relegation last month.A statement on the club’s website read: “Blackpool Football Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary Bowyer as manager on a one-year rolling deal.”Bowyer has been out of work since leaving Ewood Park last November.He led Rovers to eighth and ninth-place finishes in the Sky Bet Championship during his two full seasons in charge. Gary Bowyer was sacked by Blackburn in November 2015 1last_img

A reminder of Man City’s pre-season fixtures on their 2017 tour of America

first_img Man City begin their pre-season tour with a match against Man United For the first time ever the Manchester derby will be played overseas and what a venue for it, with Houston’s 72,000 capacity NRG stadium hosting the rivals.MAN CITY’S PRE-SEASON GAMES20 July: v Man United (Texas, USA) – International Champions Cup26 July: v Real Madrid (California, USA) – International Champions Cup29 July: v Tottenham (Tennessee, USA) – International Champions CupClick here to see every Man City game for the 2017/18 Premier League seasonSuper Computer predicts Premier League table after five games of new season 1last_img

PSV vs Tottenham: Confirmed teams as Winks and Lamela are benched

first_img gameday cracker 2 It’s crunch time for Tottenham as they desperately seek a win at PSV Eindhoven in their third Champions League group match – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT on Wednesday from 5:55pm.Mauricio Pochettino’s side lost their first two games against Inter Milan at the San Siro and Barcelona at Wembley. SORRY Most Popular Football News LATEST And while a draw or loss would not see Spurs’ knockout hopes completely diminish, only a win will realistically do if they want to keep up with Group B frontrunners Barca and Inter.The north London club face the Dutch side back-to-back so will be hoping for a maximum six points and will also be hoping Barca can do the same to Spurs’ rivals for second place Inter.What the managers are sayingMark van Bommel (PSV): “Winning means you are still in the group, but if you lose it’s almost over.“Spurs have a lot of quality players and weapons to win games, but we have that also.”Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham): “I think it’s so important the Champions League game against Eindhoven if we want to be alive in the competition. It’s a must-win game.” BEST OF latest Confirmed TeamsPSV: Zoet, Dumfries, Schwaab, Viergever, Angelino, Rosario, Hendrix, Pereiro, Malen, De Jong, LozanoTottenham: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Lucas, Son, Kane revealed The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ center_img tense Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Spurs had no answers for Messi’s brilliance on matchday two scrap Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Pochettino believe Spurs must win this game to stand any chance of reaching the last 16 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 2 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussionlast_img read more


first_imgOne of Donegal’s best-known service stations is to officially reopen its doors tomorrow with the creation of 35 new jobs.The Dry Arch Complex in Letterkenny has been given a complete facelift and with it a ringing endorsement of a welcome new business chapter.The complex reopens its doors with the Texaco brand and Mace and the return of the Route 56 deli/diner, full off-license, bar and lounge. The reopening again provides a 24 hour service station for the people of the northwest and in the gateway town.The new complex has been undertaken by well-known Brogan brothers, Brian and Ciaran.Brian Brogan of the Dry Arch Complex says they delighted with how the refurbishment of the complex has turned out.“We would like to thank our staff and construction team who have done such an excellent job in getting the building ready to do business again and the huge loyal support that we have been getting from our customers since we opened. “A great team has been put together here and we’re looking forward to the official opening on Saturday 20th October and to welcome everyone along especially our guest Sam Maguire and Donegal players from the winning All Ireland Football Team,” he said.As well as the obvious addition of a petrol station and diner to the town, the creation of 35 jobs has been welcomed during tough economic times. WELL-KNOWN SERVICE STATION TO REOPEN WITH 35 JOBS was last modified: October 19th, 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:dinerDry ARch Complex. Brian Brogenreopenslast_img read more

Ride in truck bed fatal for two kids

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Kern County Sheriff’s Department was investigating, but didn’t suspect malice, said Sgt. Dennis Smithson. BAKERSFIELD – Officials believe two Mojave children who died after riding in a covered truck bed were victims of carbon-monoxide poisoning. The children, ages 1 and 5, were riding in the back of the pickup Sunday en route with their parents to visit an inmate at Lerdo Jail near Bakersfield. When they arrived at the jail, the two – a 5-year-old boy, Jawonn West, and a 1-year-old girl, Eiyana Washington – were unconscious, and they died soon after being taken to a hospital, said Capt. Tommy Brown of the Kern County Fire Department. A 10-year-old child who also rode in the truck bed survived and was hospitalized. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Brand South Africa gives master class on nation branding

first_imgCivic-minded people are needed to help build the country of their dreams. This is an important aspect to nation branding, which is not the work of the government alone, a group of students from South Africa and the US hears.Students from Rutgers University in the US and South Africa’s Unisa explore the display at the Nelson Mandela Foundation before the Brand South Africa master class on nation branding.Students were encouraged to become more civic-minded and involved by Sello Hatang, the chief executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, at an engagement hosted by Brand South Africa with communications and marketing students from Unisa and Rutgers University, in the US, on 17 March 2016.The gathering took place at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory. Speakers from the foundation and Brand South Africa encouraged the students to play their part in creating the world they wanted. They also gave a tutorial on the philosophy behind nation building.Hatang set the tone for speakers who followed him. “What am I doing to build the country of my dreams?” he challenged the students to ask of themselves.Brand South Africa chief executive Kingsley Makhubela explained the difference between nation and product branding, saying the fundamental difference between the two was intent. A product created a designed identity where nation branding was about highlighting the best of who we were.He talked about international tensions and how conflict continued to shape perceptions about the world we in which we lived. It was the trial nations faced every day: how to shape a positive view of the country despite challenges. “What do you communicate? The challenges? Or the potential and values of the nation?”It was not a government’s concern alone. Citizens, including a country’s young people, had a responsibility to live the best values of their country. Makhubela reminded the students that it was their world as well and that they needed to become civically involved. Tension reshaped the world, but it was the passion of young people that remade the world.Brand South Africa speakers did not shy away from topical issues of the day. Dr Petrus de Kock, the general manager of research, explained that in an environment where bad news often shaped perceptions, it was the responsibility of Brand South Africa to counter this through research, and then share that research as widely as possible.The Rutgers students, especially, were visiting South Africa at a time in its history when the stream of negative news could, but should not, hide the facts about the strength of South Africa’s economy and democracy.He listed statistics about budget clarity, strength of the banking and financial systems, press freedom and independence of the judiciary to highlight strengths that were often overlooked.In his master class presentation on nation branding, Tshepiso Malele explained the rationale behind the idea. Every nation was unique and the purpose of nation branding was to distil that uniqueness and communicate it to as wide an audience as possible. The benefit was an enhanced country reputation and greater business and tourism engagement. He affirmed De Kock’s assertion that nation branding was not meant to be propaganda but information based on research and statistics. Ultimately, he said, a positive nation brand should benefit the people and institutions of the country.last_img read more