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EIB looking to tap into deepwater harbour in Guyana

first_imgEIB Vice President Pim van Ballekom (centre) along with Angel Diez Fraile (right) and EU Ambassador, Jernej VidetiĉAfter a 10-year bilateral hiatus, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has expressed interests in reviving relations with Guyana and is willing to inject some ‘big bucks’ into developing a deepwater harbour here.This was disclosed by EIB Vice President responsible for lending in the Caribbean, Pim Van Ballekom, who led a high-level delegation from the bank.Briefing the media on the its visit, Ballekom noted that during his talks with Government and the private sector the possible investment in the rehabilitation of the harbour was discussed at length.He explained that this move is part of a much bigger investment programme to improve links between Guyana and neighbouring Brazil. However, the Vice President pointed out that it would be more practical to embrace those projects separately, beginning with the deepwater harbour.Ballekom said it is more a matter of preparing the infrastructure for the more expansive project: “I was told that without a harbour, investing in the road link to Brazil is not economically viable, so we have to start somewhere and I think the harbour, as such, is any how needed due to the fact that Georgetown can receive bigger vessels for containers. I think that makes sense even without investing in the link,” the EIB executive stated.According to the Vice President, prior to coming here he did not consider whether the project is economically feasible but having been given an insight as to what it entails, he believes it is long overdue.He revealed that already he has met a few persons from the local private sector who are willing to invest in a deepwater harbour, mainly because of the potential it has to facilitate access for bigger container vessels. The banking executive further noted that even with Guyana’s emerging oil sector, a harbour port will be more economical for the country.“I think as a stand-alone project, it will be to the benefit of the economy anyhow, apart from what is going to happen in the oil sector.”Nevertheless, Ballekom noted that they are yet to iron out the specifics of the project, that is, whether it will be a Public-Private Partnership or a loan-project. He explained that discussions were held on four separate substantial projects, and the EIB never finances a project fully, as such it will be looking to other international financial institutions, such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) perhaps, to join forces.“So we start up the process, the ultimate amount we are lending to those four projects remains to be seen.”However, the EIB Vice President outlined that no commitments were made on any of the projects until the bank carries out its due diligence process: “I will ensure that (our officers) start up the whole process of appraisal and they will have to come back more often to the country in order to look more in detail on the investment opportunities but I didn’t commit myself to anything.”Meanwhile, Ballekom emphasised that the EIB is eager to re-engage Guyana, either in the private sector or the public sector or both, noting that its economic climate is welcoming.Thus far, the delegation has held talks with President David Granger, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson and Finance Minister Winston Jordan. It has also had discussions with the private sector as well as the commercial sector.The Vice President continued that he was pleased with the preparation of the Guyanese Government, which was particular in its interests.The trip was well prepared by our office in Santo Domingo and I have to say that the Guyana Government was well prepared as well because every minister I met with, highlighted similar projects.“There was good coordination between the various departments and that’s what I like, because if you want to re-engage a country, we want to have people who are focused on the priorities… All in all, it looks very promising in the near future, and I’m sure that I’ll be back in the country in the course of next year to sign the first operations between the European Bank and either the private or public sector in Guyana,” the banking executive posited.Furthermore, Ballekom pointed out that Guyana stands to benefit from doing business with the European Investment Bank, which finances itself on the capital market and as a triple A bank, its funding costs are low, thus those advantages can be passed on to customers.He added too that the bank has a longer tenant than the private sector and also have an impressive technical expertise from which Guyana can benefit, especially as it relates to the deepwater harbour.last_img read more

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Brit completes 13-year trip around the world

first_img“It’s been my life, for 13 years, I’ve put everything into this,” he said. “To be honest I didn’t know it was going to happen. There were many times in the trip where it should have failed.” Lewis was recruited by fellow adventurer Steve Smith, who first dreamed up the idea of going around the world using only human power in 1991. The pair had little experience at sea, but Lewis thought the prospect of hiking and biking across the world was “wildly romantic.” Trouble began early. After two years of planning and fundraising, the pair set out in July 1994 only to get “horribly lost” on their way to the English coastal town of Rye, where their pedal boat was waiting. After crossing the English Channel to France and then cycling to Portugal, the pair pedaled their boat in shifts across the Atlantic Ocean, reaching Miami in February 1995. Along the way, they survived close encounters with a shrimping trawler, a whale and a giant wave that swept Smith overboard. By the time they reached America, the two adventurers had been cooped up in a broom closet-sized space for 111 days with little in the way of food, and their relationship had begun to deteriorate. They crossed the U.S. separately, with Lewis strapping on his inline skates for the 3,500-mile trip to San Francisco. It was on this leg of the journey that he was hit by a car in Pueblo, Colo., breaking both legs. He spent nine months recuperating. LONDON – He was hit by a car in Colorado, attacked by a crocodile in Australia, detained as a suspected spy in Egypt and survived illness and periods of despair. On Saturday, British adventurer Jason Lewis finally came home, completing a 13-year, 46,000-mile human-powered circumnavigation of the globe. The 40-year-old carried his 26-foot yellow pedal craft the last few miles up the River Thames, pushing it across the Meridian Line at Greenwich, where his expedition began in 1994. “I’m overwhelmed,” Lewis told Sky News television after arriving. He struggled for words as he described his feelings at the close of an odyssey that took him around the globe, powered only by his arms and legs – on a bicycle, a pedal boat, a kayak and inline skates. Smith and Lewis reunited in San Francisco and eventually pedaled from the Golden Gate Bridge to Hawaii, where the two split for good. He biked across the Australian outback, dodged supertankers in the Singapore straits and hiked the Himalayas. From Mumbai, India, he pedaled his boat across the Indian Ocean to Djibouti and made his way north by bicycle through Sudan and Egypt. Accidents and sickness dogged the trip. The collision in Colorado nearly cost Lewis his leg. The trip across the Pacific left him sore, inflamed and depressed. While kayaking across the Barrier Reef off Australia, he was attacked by a crocodile, which bit off a piece of his paddle. Local authorities were a problem, as well. Lewis logged “interesting experiences” with Alabama police and gun-wielding locals in the United States. He had to cycle through Tibet at night to avoid detection by Chinese roadblocks. And when he crossed into Egypt from Sudan, he was thrown in jail by the military on suspicion of being a spy. After his release from prison, he biked through the Sinai desert and across Jordan, Syria and Turkey. He then powered through Europe over the summer, arriving in Greenwich, in southeast London, to cheers from family, supporters and the Duke of Gloucester, the expedition’s British patron. Lewis said he hoped to use the expedition to raise funds for humanitarian causes and draw attention to environmental issues.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

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GAA NEWS: SCHOOLS GAA NOTES

first_imgIndoor Hurling & Camogie Finals:The following teams have qualified for the county finals that are being held on Thurs. 6th December in the Burnfoot Hall @ 11am sharp! Schools are asked to be there @ 10.45am for registration.Hurling: (Derrybeg; Glenties; Dromore; Whitecastle; Tooban Camogie: (Derrybeg; Barnesmore; Woodlands; Tooban)Football Competitions: Fixtures for the 2012/13 season are now on the website. Teachers are encouraged to play as many blitzes as possible in their section in order to give the pupils as much game time as possible. Results should be recorded and the school with the most wins will qualify for the knockout stages in April.  Mouth Guards: Teachers please note that from Jan. 1st 2013, it will be compulsory for all players to wear mouthguards during Cumann na mBunscol football competitions. Players will not be allowed on to the field of play without one after this date. This is a directive from the National Committee of the GAA and will also be implemented at club level. Committee Meeting: The next monthly meeting will be held in Heaney’s, Ballybofey on Jan. 9th @ 5pm.GAA NEWS: SCHOOLS GAA NOTES was last modified: December 3rd, 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:Schools GAA noteslast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHÁNADA DEFEATED COMFORTABLY BY GLENFIN

first_imgGaeil Fhánada C.L.G. NotesLotto resultsNo jackpot winner. Nos drawn were 06, 08, 11, 13, 16. Bonus 01. €100 winner Nora Connor, Tamney, €50 winner Leo Blaney, Rosnakill. Next week’s jackpot €3,050.Comhghairdeas Mór – Bus Eireann Féile Peile na nÓgGaeil Fhánada had another really proud weekend for our wee Club.Our U14 boys had great wins over the weekend to get to the Féile final last weekend. Some great talent and team work was displayed, congratulations to all involved.We are very proud of you all.Gaeil Fhánada play Sean Mac Cumhaill’s at home in Páirc Uí Siail, Portsalon this Sunday at 3.00p.m. in the Senior League Division 2 Round 13. Reserve game at 1.30p.m.Referees: TBCSenior League Div 2 Round 12 – Gleann Fhinne (1-16) v (1-9) Gaeil Fhánada. Gaeil Fhánada – Mark McConigley, Joe Blaney, Fergal ‘Una’ Friel, Frankie Sweeney0:01, Ronan McAteer, Patrick McConigley, Ryan(Red Bird) McGonigle 0:01, Kevin ‘Bear’ McGonigle, Michael Sweeney 0:01, Jimmy Coyle, Seami ‘Nanny’ Friel 0:03, Johnny ‘Nanny’ Friel 0:01, Marty McAteer, Mark ‘Sparky’ Friel (C) 0:01, Seimi ‘Coshia’ Friel 0:01,Oisin Shiels for Jimmy Coyle, Jerry Friel, Davitt Walsh 1:00 for Fergal Friel, Shaun McGovern, Paul ‘Dougie’ Coyle, Oisin Blaney . Referee: Connie Doherty.Senior Reserve League Div 2 Round 12Gleann Fhinne (1-08) v (2-07) Gaeil Fhánada. Gaeil Fhánada – Oisin Blaney, Shaun Coyle, Ken Dempsey, Michael Heraghty, Shaun McElwaine 0:01, Paul ‘ Dougie’ Coyle, Ciaran Carr, Eamonn Sweeney 0:01, Colm ‘Turkey’ McGonigle, Shaun McGovern 0:03, Jerry ‘Diver’ Friel 1:01, Paul ‘Friely’ Friel, Charlie Crerand, Brian ‘Teddy’ McVeigh 1:00, Kevin Loughrey, Paul O’Connor, Brendan Callaghan, Gary McGonigle, Ciaran Coll, Conor McGonigle, Kevin McGonigle, Niall Carr 0:01, Ultan McGettigan, Eamon Carr, Conor McConigley, Aidan Heraghty. Best for Fanad were Eamon Sweeney, Shaun Coyle and Man of the Match was Paul ‘Dougie’ Coyle. Referee: Greg Mc Groary.U10 blitz in Downings this Saturday 5th July at 11a.m. For further info contact Martin on 9163472.County Player For Gaeil Fhánada GAA CÚL CAMPMeet and greet a county player in the run up to the Ulster Championship final on July 20th. Camps are structured so that a different aspect of the game is worked on each day. The programme involves coaching specific skills of the game and the opportunity for children to put into practice what they have learned through small sided games. On the last day of the camp a “blitz” will be organised to provide each child with an introduction to competitive games. Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps – are run throughout the summer from Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 2.30pm, in all 32 Counties and overseas. Gaeil Fhánada will host a Kellogg’s Cúl Camp from Monday 14th to Friday 18th July. The cost of the camp includes your Cúl Camp gear of jersey, shorts and socks. This year the bag which accompanies the gear will be in the Donegal colours. Attendance is open to primary school children aged 6 years to 13 years. Please bring packed lunch + drink, Hurley and Helmet for Hurling and Camogie, mouthguard for Football, Suitable playing gear, tracksuit, shorts, runners, boots, rain jacket and changes of gear on wet days, sun cream and baseball hat, towel and water.COST: €55 for 1st. child; €45 for 2nd child; €40 for 3rd and subsequent children. For children attending a second camp, without gear, the cost is €35. In addition to internet bookings Fiona Shiels will accept application forms and entry fees from now on. For anyone who wishes to pay by instalment, she can also organise this. She may be contacted on 085-1555645. Get all the information you require by checking out the internet link below. Book early so that you won’t be disappointed. https://secure.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie/booking/?county=11&venue=478&day&month&year=2014&sort=2Congratulations to all the Fanad Youth Club boys and girls who took part and won gold, silver & bronze medals in Tralee last weekend, well done everyone.GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHÁNADA DEFEATED COMFORTABLY BY GLENFIN was last modified: July 1st, 2014 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:GAAGaeil FhanadaNoticesSportlast_img read more

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HOW INCREDIBLE CATHERINE BEGAN HER INTER-COUNTY GAELIC CAREER AGED 37

first_imgCatherine in action for St Eunan’sA LOCAL ladies gaelic footballer has made her debut as an inter-county player – at the age of 37!At a time when most players have retired, St Eunan’s footballer Catherine Fletcher donned the jersey of her native Derry in the Ulster Junior Final….and she only took up the sport FOUR YEARS AGO!And although they lost out to Antrim, she is already looking forward to an All-Ireland quarter final against Carlow on August 7! The mother-of-three lives in her adopted Letterkenny with husband Keith and was persuaded to line out for St Eunan’s by Senior Ladies coach Alan O’Connell in 2012.“I never thought I’d ever play inter-county football,” said Catherine – known at her club as ‘Fletch’.“In fact a few years ago I never thought I’d even play gaelic football, never mind play it at that level.”The game’s administrators at Croke Park confirmed to her a few weeks ago that although she lived in Donegal and played her club football here, she was eligible to play for either Donegal or Derry – so she went along to the Derry trials at Owenbeg and was selected. And she was picked to start in the Ulster final.“We lost the game but it was a huge honour to play for Derry. It was really very special,” said Catherine.“I know we are now into the quarter-final of the All-Ireland against Carlow so I’m going to continue to work hard and hopefully I’ll get a run out in that game. It really is still sinking in.”Catherine’s entire life has been sports orientated.And she has brought all her skills learned in other sports to play in gaelic football. She played Netball for Northern Ireland at U16/18/21 and Senior Level. She played in numerous European Championships and played in the 1999 World Championships in New Zealand when she was 20 years old.She retired from netball after a knee injury aged 22 but went back to playing soccer.She played with Quigley’s Point Swifts and Redcastle FC in the Inishowen League, Derry City Ladies in the Northern Ireland Premier League, Letterkenny Rovers and Lagan Harps in the Donegal League.She won two Intermediate FAI All Ireland Medals with Lagan Harps. She has been a PE Teacher at Oakgrove Integrated College in Derry for past 14 years.Catherine also studied Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Ulster Jordanstown, winning various inter varsity titles in both netball and soccer.Now she has really taken to gaelic.She was St Eunan’s Senior Player of the Year last season and was appointed club captain this year.“I would say age isn’t a barrier to anyone playing gaelic football,” she said.“There are a lot of women out there who maybe played the game in their youth and their 20s and then gave it up due to career or family or going to college. It’s never too late to come back to sport.”Catherine receives her player of the year award – aged 36!Catherine – wearing No4 – in the Derry line-upHOW INCREDIBLE CATHERINE BEGAN HER INTER-COUNTY GAELIC CAREER AGED 37 was last modified: July 3rd, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Catherine FletcherDerryDonegal Ladies Gaelic FootballLadies GaelicSt Eunanslast_img read more

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