Leading African Fertilizer Company, Notore, Eyes Liberia

first_imgOfficials of Notore Chemical Industries and NICAfter series of discussions between Havit Incorporated and Nigeria’s leading fertilizer, agro-allied, power and infrastructure Company, the Notore Chemical Industries Plc, official is in the country for a five-day feasibility visit to Liberia. According to officials at Havit, the purpose of this visit is to explore the viability of importing finished goods or establishing a fertilizer bagging plant.Havit Incorporated, being the newest partner to Notore Chemical Industries, Plc as one of its committed partners, has over the past weeks been making frantic efforts to revolutionize the fertilizer and agro-allied services sector through its quest to be the exclusive distributor of the product in Liberia and other Mano River Union (MRU) member states. This aspect on the part of Notore will add more value to the sector, giving opportunity to several industrial companies that are in demand of fertilizers for the growth of their agricultural products to be at ease.Actualizing this plan, an executive of Notore, Mr. Auwalu Umar, who is currently in the country as guest of Havit Incorporated officials, including Mr. C. Vincent Iweanoge, JD and Winston A. Tolbert, have been having meaningful discussions with stakeholders, explaining the importance of this venture, and the benefits Liberians hope to achieve.Already successful meetings with stakeholders including the Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), Samuel Tweah, as well as authorities at Firestone Liberia, Sime Darby Plantation (SDPL), the Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) and the National Investment Commission (NIC), have taken place with some positive results and green light for this venture. One of the overwhelming feedbacks from the concessionaires have been the high cost of fertilizers and its inaccessibility. Officials of the NIC were impressed by a PowerPoint presentation delivered by Mr. Umar on the background of Notore at the NIC on Friday, April 26, 2019, and further expressed their institution’s support to the initiative.NIC Director of Investment Promotion, Quinton A. Tunis, assured Havit and Notore officials of his institution’s readiness and support to the venture, noting that its establishment in Liberia will help boost the Liberian agriculture sector, particularly farmers and other concessionaires that are in dire need of fertilizers and other agro-allied services provided by Notore Chemical Industries Plc. He said the venture will promote the Liberian Government ‘Pro Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD)’ through agriculture. For his part, the Principal Director of Havit Incorporated, Mr. C. Vincent Iweanoge assured the Commission of a successful deal in the operation of the venture, noting that its establishment in Liberia will ease the hardship encountered by farmers in accessing affordable and quality fertilizers. Mr. Iweanoge stressed his desire to replicate some of Notore’s successful agro extension services to farmers through best farming practices, catch them young initiatives and distribution channels.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Italian company wants to drill for oil offshore Guyana

first_imgAn Italian oil and gas exploration company could be the “new kid on the block”, if the Government of Guyana gives its go-ahead, for it to carry out exploration offshore Guyana.ENI is a multinational oil and gas company headquartered in Rome. It is considered one of the world’s largest publicly-owned oil and gas companies, also known as supermajors. It operates in 79 countries and is currently the world’s 11th largest industrial company with a market capitalisation of 68 billion euros.Earlier on Monday, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman met the company’s Senior Vice President, Guido Zappala and his team at the Natural Resources Ministry, where he received a plan of action from the company’s representatives.Minutes after the meeting, Minister Trotman said the oil company had since last year expressed its interest to the Government.“So, we had a long discussion with them about their practices elsewhere, what they are looking for. And obviously Guyana’s basin has become attractive and they have assured us that they are not worried about the current issue between Guyana and Venezuela. They are prepared to pursue and should there be any cause for concern, they will manage.”According to Minister Trotman, ENI, which is partly owned by the Italian Government, has an excellent track record in terms of safety and good environmental practices. The company, he said, has been lending its support to other countries, helping to develop their renewable energy capacity.“Thirty per cent of the shares is owned by the Government. So, you actually have a company that is undergirded by the Government and is a main driver of the economy of Italy,” he said.His next move, he said, will be to prepare a report to present to President David Granger for his consideration.The company has suggested another meeting in the next two weeks.last_img read more

Due diligence being carried out for Guyana Goldfields application ─ GGMC

first_imgUnderground mining…company estimates underground mine will exceed previous earningsGuyana Goldfields is just an approval away from launching its underground mine at Aurora, but according to the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), due diligence will be carried out on the documents submitted to the agency before it issues such a permit.GGMC CommissionerNewell DennisonThis is according to GGMC’s acting Commissioner Newell Dennison, who was part of a Government and media team touring the facilities on Thursday. The trip was facilitated by the Canadian-owned Guyana Goldfields.Last month, Goldfields was issued a permit by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to construct the underground mine. It is currently awaiting further approvals from GGMC. In fact, this newscast observed equipment assembled at the site, waiting for the go ahead.Dennison laid out what are some of the things GGMC expects. “There is no one formula. There are some basic rules when it comes to safety, engineering and technical issues that apply. We would look for those things. But we don’t have a one-size-fits-all to say this is it.Mining equipment parked in the pit, awaiting the go-ahead“You can prejudice yourself in such a way that you find a company can’t meet that premium benchmark, and you rule them out. But we certainly wouldn’t want companies to conduct and operate in a manner that is below a certain threshold. And we look to our regulations to define what that is.”Dennison explained that the GGMC is in possession of Goldfields’ application and will soon know whether anything else is needed. He made it clear that GGMC has no intention of delaying the process.“From what I am aware, they have submitted [the documents]. I am of the view that we are in good way to be conducting the examination to determine whether we need anything more.“To the extent that we ascertain that what is therein is sufficient representation of what they plan to do, and it is in keeping with our regulations and what we consider typical practices for these types of activities, we would then issue the permit,” Dennison said.EarningsMeanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of Guyana Goldfields, Scott Caldwell, was optimistic of the underground mines surpassing their previous operations. According to Caldwell, the underground well is likely to be a game changer when it comes to revenue. He also spoke of expanding the workforce and possibly opening another mine.The Mad Kiss pit at Aurora, where a portal has been dug“We hope to receive the exploration permit shortly, so in three years’ time that would be up and running. Hopefully, we would tour underground and you would see Guyanese men and women working underground. I think the profitability of the underground is actually going to be better than the open pit. I think it’s a unique deposit for that, so I think it’s going to be really good,” he said.“The underground would be about 300 employees, plus. There would be no changes to the other employees. Some people might transfer, but the level would go up as it is. We have more employees today than we had a year ago. And hopefully, we have another mine somewhere else, maybe in Guyana, maybe somewhere else. So hopefully we have the underground going in three years.”So far, Guyana Goldfields has invested US$300 million into its local operations. The underground mine is expected to cost US$25 million in the initial exploration stages. A further US$100 million is likely to be invested over the next ten years of production.The company is eyeing the third quarter of 2019 to 2021 to conduct underground development activities and explorations, with production expected from 2022. For now, a portal at Aurora’s Mad Kiss pit and the waiting mining equipment are a harbinger of things to come.last_img read more

Devastated mother calls for complete investigation

first_imgAgricola accident…Attorney defends driverThe mother of seven-year-old Ciara Benjamin, who lost her life in a tragic accident at Agricola on Sunday, is still trying to cope with the situation days later.Danion WelcomeOn Saturday afternoon, the child was attempting to cross the road with her aunt, Simone Barry, when she was struck by a truck, bearing registration plate GWW 962, driven by Danion Welcome.The truck remained fixed on the median with the child pinned underneath. A light pole was unearthed as a result of the impact and subsequently collapsed, ending up on the roadway.Tracy DeHart, the biological mother of the child, told Guyana Times that her daughter was brilliant and loving. The woman stated that she was too devastated to go to the scene of the accident after she received the telephone call.She explained that her daughter resided with her father, Orlando Benjamin, since she was two, but would visit periodically.“Her aunty called me and said that my daughter just passed away in an accident and I was in a shock to know that just a couple months back, she was with me. I couldn’t reach to the scene because everybody keep telling me that the traffic is too heavy.”Ciara BenjaminDeHart stated that she did not have a chance to view the body until the next day. The woman said they are expecting a complete probe into the accident to determine what transpired.“I want to know exactly what went on because a lot of things going around on Facebook and stuff like that. It needs to be clarified,” the dead child’s mother relayed. In tears, the woman added that she celebrated her birthday on Sunday and was expecting her now dead daughter to visit.This publication understands that the driver of the truck, Danion Welcome, was severely beaten by residents from the area and later handed over to the Police. After the scene was cleared, another unexpected tragedy arose when the lorry was set alight at about 18:10h, creating a towering inferno in the middle of the roadway.His attorney, James Bond, has defended that his client was neither reckless nor negligent during the tragic accident.Bond posited that Welcome was proceeding at some 20 kilometres per hour but was forced onto the median by a taxi. He is of the belief that the child should not have been in the middle of the carriageway.“My client was not negligent, not careless or reckless when Ciara met her demise. He was proceeding 20kmh and was forced on to the median by a taxi. My client was completely unaware that was on the median,” a statement read.He contended that his client suffered a fractured skull and contusions about his body.On Sunday, stepmother of Ciara, Chrisan Thegg stated that she would usually take the child to plait her hair. She was also supposed to assist her with her school assignments.“I told her yesterday (Saturday)…I said I am going to the mall and we are going to buy the stuff to do your assignment, she was going to make a traffic light so I said we are going to go there and do that today (Sunday).Police have recovered CCTV footage from a nearby surveillance camera, which will be used in the investigations. At a press conference on Monday, Police Commissioner Leslie James told the media that they are reviewing the surveillance footage to determine who was at fault for the death of the seven-year-old child.He also encouraged civilians with information on the accident to come forward while denouncing the vigilante beating of the driver. He reiterated that those who were involved in the beating, once apprehended, will face the full brunt of the law.last_img read more

Morrison finishes as fastest Canadian in Kazakhstan

first_imgMorrison’s sixth place finish, the highest Canadian men’s finish of the day, came at a time of 1:46.70.Morrison also raced in the men’s pursuit and for the second time this season, Canada finished in fourth place in the race. Toronto’s Jordan Belchos, Fort St. John’s Morrison and Regina’s Lucas Makowsky teamed-up to finish in 3:44.79.The men’s pursuit team finished fourth out of 12 countries.- Advertisement –last_img

Wheatbelt Baseball League Update

first_imgIn Wheatbelt Baseball League action last night, the Rycroft Rage squeezed by Grimshaw 5-4 when the Huskies stranded the game tying run on 2nd base. The win gave the Rage a 12 and 3 record, while the always improving Huskies fell to 5 and 12. Also last night, 4th place Grande Prairie topped won in Wanham 10 to 6 and Dawson Creek upset Fort St. John on their own diamond, heading home with a 3-2 victory. Jesse Kurjata pitched a good game for the Diamondbacks. He threw 7 inning, giving up 6 hits and striking out 6.- Advertisement –last_img

New tips emerge about missing aviator Steve Fossett

first_imgMINDEN, Nev. – After finding a half-dozen old airplane wrecks over 10 days, crews searching for missing aviator Steve Fossett focused on new tips about planes actually flying in the area the day his disappeared. A Blackhawk helicopter and several ground crews were dispatched late Wednesday afternoon to a spot in the Pinenut Mountains about 20 miles northeast of Minden where two witnesses reported seeing a plane like Fossett’s fly into a canyon but not fly out on Labor Day. Search planes had flown the area several times, but the second sighting was reported to authorities for the first time Wednesday, so ground crews went in for a closer look, said Jeff Page, Lyon County’s emergency manager. They halted that search just before dark, but intended to return Thursday morning. To the south, just across the California line, search planes flew over an area along U.S. Highway 395 northeast of Yosemite National Park after a woman reported to authorities Wednesday that she had camped there over Labor Day and remembered hearing a noise that sounded like an airplane, followed by a noise that sounded like an explosion, Page said. “I knew he had taken off in a plane and never came back,” said Ogle, now a professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Florida. “I can remember flying in his plane. He let me hold the controls, and I remember looking out the window.” Like Fossett, Charles “Chazzie” Ogle did not file a flight plan for the business trip, so searchers didn’t know where to look in the vastness that was the rural West in 1964, Ogle said. “They did what they could at the time, and they could have done more, but they had no idea he was heading toward Reno,” Ogle said. “I used to have a large map of California, and I would look at places and the routes he would fly.” Leaders of the search operation for Fossett say they have not had time to investigate the new sites in detail because their top priority is finding the famous adventurer, not recovering old aircraft. “When all is said and done, they’ll send ground crews in to thoroughly investigate what is left,” Civil Air Patrol Maj. Cynthia Ryan said of the old crashes. Eventually, some of the old crashes should be linked to long-missing aviators, Ryan said. Even small pieces of wreckage can contain a serial number that can be tracked back to the manufacturer and the owner of the plane. Nevada’s forbidding backcountry is a graveyard for small airplanes and their pilots. Fossett survived a nearly 30,000-foot plunge in a crippled balloon, a dangerous swim through the frigid English Channel and hours stranded in shark-infested seas. But 10 days after he took off on a routine flight and never returned, doubts were growing that he could still be alive. The search covers 17,000 square miles – an area twice the size of New Jersey – stretching roughly from the Sierra Nevada ridge west of the Nevada-California line nearly 100 miles to the east. Since Fossett’s plane disappeared, authorities have received nearly two dozen calls from people across the country saying they possibly had loved ones on one of the planes discovered this week. But the system of tracking missing aircraft is a makeshift affair at best. The Florida-based Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, which is helping coordinate the Fossett search, maintains a registry of known sites of plane wrecks. It has 136 entries for Nevada, said Maj. Cliff Hicks, director of operations. The nation’s aviation regulatory agencies, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, investigate mostly only crash sites they can reach safely. An NTSB database lists dozens of aircraft that have vanished across the country since 1982. Most were small private planes flying over deep water or rugged, remote country. Many of the pilots did not file flight plans. Records are especially fuzzy on planes that disappeared many years ago, when both planes and search technology were more primitive. For example, there is no record in Hicks’ files of Chazzie Ogle’s ill-fated final flight. Ogle hopes Fossett’s plane is found quickly. He said hearing bad news would be better than hearing nothing. “I don’t want to see his family go through this,” Ogle said. “It’s better to know what happened. You have that uncertainty hanging over your life.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A C-130 found nothing during a flyover Wednesday, but California law officers planned to interview the woman on Thursday. With no end to the search in sight, more than a dozen aircraft scanned the terrain again Wednesday for any sign of Fossett, who took off Sept. 3 from a private airstrip about 80 miles southeast of Reno. “We will continue until all credible leads are followed up. We don’t know when that will be,” Civil Air Patrol Maj. Ed Locke said. As a byproduct, the small air force combing the wilderness has spotted a half-dozen uncharted crash sites that may bring some solace to the families of fliers who took off into the desert sky decades ago, never to be heard from again. William Ogle hopes some of the newly discovered wreckage will be from the plane his father was flying when he vanished on a flight from Oakland, to Reno. Ogle was just 5 at the time. last_img read more

Newcastle confirm Jack Colback will be out for six weeks

first_img Jack Colback 1 Newcastle United have confirmed midfielder Jack Colback will be sidelined for up to six weeks with a knee injury.The 26-year-old suffered the injury during the second half of Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby at the Stadium of Light.Colback underwent further scans and assessments on Thursday and they confirmed the injury was not as bad as first feared.The former Sunderland midfielder has started nine of the Magpies ten Premier League games this season after he joined the club in June 2014.last_img

Arnolds Hotel scoop top industry award

first_imgOn Tuesday evening at the Irish Hotel Awards 2018, Arnolds Hotel in Dunfanaghy beat off stiff competition to win Best 3 Star Hotel in Ireland for the very first time. The popular family owned hotel was also shortlisted for Best Coastal Escape and Best Hotel Bar at the awards event in the glamorous surroundings of The Heritage Killenard.Arnolds Hotel DunfanaghySpeaking after the announcement, Aisling Arnold General Manager of the hotel said she was thrilled with the new accolade. “This is such a fantastic achievement for Arnolds Hotel, for my family and also my hardworking team who support our vision every day running the hotel to the highest standard of Irish hospitality.”Aisling Arnold – Frances Muldoon PhotographyAisling added: “Donegal has picked up some fantastic awards over the past 12 months and as a result we have benefited hugely in terms of tourism. We’re hoping that our Award will go some way in attracting even more new visitors to the area who have yet to discover all the beauty, activities and charm this scenic part of the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer.” Now a fourth generation family business, Arnolds Hotel has flourished under Aisling’s leadership with events and activity weekends all year around as well as some successful new additions including a café & gourmet burger bar, new look restaurant, cocktail bar and new executive Head Chef. Visit: www.arnoldshotel.comArnolds Hotel DunfanaghyArnolds Hotel scoop top industry award was last modified: April 27th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Arnolds HotelDunfanaghyhospitalityirish hotel awards 2018last_img read more

NO SURPRISES AS JIM McGUINNESS IS NAMED DONEGAL PERSON OF THE YEAR BY DUBLIN ASSOCIATION

first_imgTHE DONEGAL Association in Dublin has named Jim McGuinness as its Person of the Year – in one of the least surprising winners of the coveted award.Run by Dublin-based people from the county, the Donegal manager had been hot favourite to pick up the gong.McGuinness said he was ‘honoured’ to have been chosen to be the 2012 recipient of the award. The Glenties man was honoured at the Mansion House in Dublin for his role in helping to bring the Sam Maguire back to Donegal for the first time in 20 years – and just the second time ever.Naoise Ó Muirí, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, led tributes to McGuinness who was accompanied at the event by his wife Yvonne.Jim paid tribute to assistant coach Rory Gallagher, his backroom team and his players.  NO SURPRISES AS JIM McGUINNESS IS NAMED DONEGAL PERSON OF THE YEAR BY DUBLIN ASSOCIATION was last modified: January 21st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:NO SURPRISES AS JIM McGUINNESS IS NAMED DONEGAL PERSON OF THE YEAR BY DUBLIN ASSOCIATIONlast_img read more