Teixeira’s complaint to Norwegians is “anti-national” – Harmon

first_imgAmaila Falls Hydropower Project…… but while in Opposition, Ramjattan also did sameThough his A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) can be deemed guilty of same, Minister of State Joseph Harmon has accused the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) of being unpatriotic, after the party, though the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, wrote the Norwegian Government complaining about being left in the dark when it comes to the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project (AFHP).Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira on August 24, 2016, wrote to Per F I Pharo, Director of the Government of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative, at the Norwegian Environment Ministry, expressing concerns of lack of inclusivity and transparency.“Guyanese people were being sidelined in the implementation of the Guyana/Norway Partnership agreement,” the letter stated.Teixeira also pointed to the lack of progress on several fronts explaining that the new Government had usurped the functions of the stakeholder bodies that were established under the PPP administration to consult with the people, meet and make recommendations about the projects and general implementation of the partnership agreement.“We feel that this (delay) in the Governance of the Guyana-Norway Partnership Agreement could damage Guyana’s prospects for a generally transformative shift to a low carbon green economy”, she warned in the letter.Teixeira also lamented the need for the urgent shift to cleaner energy as she reminded Norway of the Opposition’s unmoved commitment towards supporting all initiatives in the agreement and the Amaila Falls in particular towards the achievement of this goal.The Amaila Fall Review was called for repeatedly by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo after Government decided to put the project on hold because of concerns it had about both the economics and design of the project which was devised under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) tenure.The review was to be done by the Norwegian company, NORCONSULT. The company has since requested more time to complete its report.Anti-nationalisticHowever, Harmon, at a post-Cabinet press briefing on Thursday described the PPP/C missive as anti-nationalistic. He explained that all information on the Amaila Falls review is in the public domain and that the Government provided full disclosure to the parliamentary Opposition members during in a Select Committee.In this regard, the Minister of State said the move to take the matter to the Norwegian Government is against the country’s national interest.“It is very fortunate that they’ve taken an antinational stance on this matter,” he stated.Minister Harmon disclosed that Government is currently engaged with the Kingdom of Norway and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on the way forward for the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project (AFHP).“It is clear that the decision which was taken was between the Government and the Kingdom of Norway, that they will set up an independent assessor to determine whether it is going anywhere… They (Norway) are still in the process of engaging finally the assessor, so it is not that there is no transparency, and all of this is in the public domain,” he stated.HypocriticalHowever, critics have railed into Harmon and the Government, labelling them “hypocritical” for referring to the Opposition as anti-national when while in Opposition, the AFC, a major partner in the Government coalition did exactly the same thing, wrote to the Norwegian.Back in December 24, 2014, AFC leader Khemraj Ramjattan, now a Vice President and Public Security Minister in the coalition Government had dispatched a similar letter, also to Pharo expressing concerns that there might have been “fundamental breaches” of the Guyana-Norway forest protection agreement as it relates to the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project. At the time, Ramjattan, like Teixeira, was calling for the release of information.“… it is in the public interest of Norwegians and Guyanese to know what is happening…” Ramjattan said in his letter, referring to the Amaila project.At the time, Ramjattan had said that the AFC was concerned that there may be violations and fundamental breaches of the Norway-Guyana Agreement, a five-year pact under which Guyana received up to US$250 million to keep its forest intact.Ramjattan had claimed that the then Government was not making much informational available and that a number of criteria were not met under the agreement.The AFC leader had said that at the time he was writing Pharo “in the public interest of Norwegians and Guyanese”.“I do so in the firm knowledge that it is in the public interest of Norwegians and Guyanese to know what is happening between Norway and IDB especially so when firstly, our National Assembly has been undemocratically prorogued with the consequence that it will not be in session so as to permit our parliamentarians to call on our Ministers to account and explain; and, secondly, when our Guyanese Commissioner of Information, one Mr Charles Ramson SC, will be so haplessly helpless in providing same,” Ramjattan said.The Amaila Falls Hydropower Project is the flagship of Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy. Amaila was expected to deliver a steady source of clean, renewable energy that is affordable and was envisioned to meet approximately 90 per cent of Guyana’s domestic energy needs while removing dependency on fossil fuels.The Amaila Falls Hydro Electric Plant was expected to have a 165MW (installed capacity) hydropower generation facility that will be located in West-central Guyana, approximately 250km South-west of Georgetown.However, the project hit a dead end when the APNU and AFC used their one seat majority while in Opposition to vote against budgetary allocations for the project.The main developer, Sithe Global pulled out of the project and stated that it would have only continued if there was national consensus.last_img read more

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Podcast: Danny Kelly’s Trans Europe Express – episode one

first_imgWelcome to our brand new European football special.Each week, Danny Kelly will be alongside a leading European football journalist to take a closer look at events in Spain, France, Germany et al.Episode one saw him joined in the studio by Andy Brassell.Click here to download the podcast from iTuneslast_img

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GAA news: Glenswilly to host Laurence McGinty tournament

first_imgGirls Academy set upThere was a great turn-out when the Girls Academy was officially launched in the club on Saturday night last. Ladies senior manager Gerard McGinty addressed those present and released details of a six year plan for the academy. Club chairman Peter McConnell also fully endorsed the academy and said the entire club was behind the project. The club would also like to thank Donegal and Termon players Therese McCafferty and Roisin Friel for coming along to the launch. Many thanks also to all those who made refreshments for the launch. Tickets for Round 4 of qualifiers Donegal v CorkTickets will be available the usual time for collection at the clubhouse on Thursday 28th July at 8.30-9pm Sharp.Seniors and ReservesThere are no league games this weekend due to the Donegal game at Croke Park. Next league game is against St Michaels in Glenswilly on Sunday the 14th Aug. The seniors will play Cloughaneely in the Laurence McGinty Cup this Thursday in Glenswilly at 7.30pm. Meanwhile Termon will face Glenfin, also in Glenswilly, in the same competition next Tuesday, also at 7.30pm.Congratulations to the Third team who beat Glenfinn last Saturday night final score Glenfinn 2-5 Glenswilly 1-11. Hopefully they continue their championship success this weekend against St Eunans. This game will hopefully take place on Friday night at 7pm in Glenswilly.The U16 boys have a League game at home on the 3rd of August at 7.30 against Naomh Comlcille. This is the boys first home game this season so all support is welcome.Under 11s training will continue Monday/Fridays 6.30-7.30pm on the main pitch. U9s and U11s will start a new tournament on the 16th August.Congrats to the U10 A and B teams winners of both their tournaments in Dungloe last Saturday.Best of Luck to Michael, Neil and the Donegal team this weekend in Croke Park and also Paddy McGinty and the Donegal Minors. Ladies NotesGlenswilly Minor girls had two comfortable wins last week. Both games were at home, Tuesday against Naomh Colmcille and Friday against Letterkenny Gaels.Under 16’s play their first game of the season on Tuesday 2nd August – away to Letterkenny Gaels.Training continues on Mondays 6.15 – 7.30 for Under 16’s and minors. BingoBingo is on  every Wednesday nigh starting at 9pm. More than €2,000 paid out each night with €500 paid out on the 9th game.SchemeIf anyone is interested in taking a position on a TUS scheme at the club, male or female, can they please contact club chairman Peter McConnell.Well done Henry!Well done to U14 club player Henry Bose who proved he’s a real all ’round athlete when he finished 6th overall in the 250 metre hurdles at the All Ireland Track and Field Championships. Congrats Henry!GAA news: Glenswilly to host Laurence McGinty tournament was last modified: July 27th, 2016 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)last_img read more

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