DDL pulls out of race for Enmore estate

first_img…Nand Persaud & Company bids for all closed estatesIn a surprise move, Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) announced on Thursday that it has pulled out from the race to acquire Enmore estate, which is one of the estates being divested by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).The East Demerara Sugar Estate, popularly known as Enmore EstateAccording to the bids that the Special Purpose Unit of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) received, Guygulf International Trading Development, parent company of local subsidiary Nand Persaud and Company Limited, is bidding to acquire the Skeldon, Rose Hall and Enmore estates.Besides Guygulf, D Rampersaud & Co Ltd has submitted a bid for the Skeldon Estate; Liberty Investments Inc has submitted a bid for the Enmore Estate; Industrial Equipment Sales and Service Incorporation (IESS) has expressed interest in acquiring Rose Hall Estate, as has Kadem Sugars Inc.Tenders closed on October 31. Conspicuously absent is DDL, who in a statement on Friday made it clear that it decided not to submit its bid for the Enmore estate. It acknowledged the importance of the industry both to produce its rum and for sentimental reasons, but noted that its due diligence did not justify making the investment.“There was an expectation that DDL would tender for the Enmore Estate; and in fact DDL invested considerable time and financial resources in a due diligence process to determine the level of investment required to turnaround the Enmore Estate. In fact, DDL’s interest in Enmore is driven primarily by its need for molasses for its core business as a distillery.” However, in its due diligence exercise, DDL was unable to find a model for the Enmore Estate that would properly fit within its current investment and development strategy. Nevertheless, DDL said, it remains committed to participating, should the opportunity become available in the future.Commenting on the issue, DDL Chairman Komal Samaroo maintained that DDL would continue to pay keen interest in the divestment. He also acknowledged the role that the SPU and overseas based accounting firm Price waterhouseCoopers (PwC) is playing.“If the estate is sold, we will quickly engage the new owners to ensure that we secure supplies of molasses for our distillery. Should the estate remain unsold, we would equally re-engage to determine if there is a model that works for our shareholders.”BiddersThe Florida-based Guygulf International Trading Development has as its principals Hefazul Hakh, Ragindra Persaud and Faiz Al-Abidee. While Ragindra Persaud is the Chairman of Guyana’s Rice Millers Association, he is also Chief Executive Officer of Guygulf’s local subsidiary.Meanwhile, Liberty investments Inc is a California-based construction company that bills itself as a custom home builder. While there is no official website under the name of Kadeem Sugar Inc, this publication was able to ascertain that IESS is a US-based industrial equipment company involved in the oil and gas sector.Following the downsizing of the sugar industry, DDL was at one time forced to turn to another country, Nicaragua, from which to import its molasses. The company had submitted an expression of interest (EoI) to Government for the potential purchase of Enmore.At the time, Public Relations Representative of DDL, Alex Graham, had said that once the supply of molasses was threatened, it was in the company’s interest to explore options with the intention of finding a solution.Graham had explained that when the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) was established, it had requested interested parties to submit EoIs, and DDL had submitted same. He noted that no formal proposal has been submitted otherwise.In 2016, the operations of the LBI Estate were amalgamated with those of the Enmore Estate. Government also plans to privatise the Skeldon and Rose Hall estates.last_img read more

Mourinho has backing of Man United fans and club, says Moyes

first_imgMoyes, who succeeded Alex Ferguson in 2013, was dumped by United while in the first year of a six-year contract and his replacement, Louis van Gaal, was axed after winning the FA Cup.But the former Everton boss said he believed United would give Mourinho time even though they are languishing in eighth spot in the Premier League.“I think the club are firmly behind the manager, and he’s been a winner, Jose, throughout his career, so I don’t see why that should suddenly change,” the Scot, 55, told Britain’s Press Association.“It was a great result — any team that comes from 2-0 down. But the one thing that happens at Old Trafford is the crowd gets right behind you, and is always supportive of the manager and the players.”Derby manager Frank Lampard, who recently masterminded a League Cup victory at Old Trafford and played under Mourinho at Chelsea, believes that after Saturday’s comeback the onus should be on the players to raise their standards.“Sometimes things are hard and you have to make difficult decisions, try and influence people around you, influence your players to try and get the best out of them,” he said. “I think he’s got all those attributes so I hope that it turns around for him.”Former United captain Wayne Rooney, who now plays in the United States, has also called on the players to stand up and be counted, saying Mourinho is an easy target.“The players, the manager, it has been a tough start to the season,” the D.C. United player said in comments reported by Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper.“I know Jose is getting a load of stick but I said a few weeks ago, the players have to stand up. They have to be counted and they have to be better.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former Manchester United boss David Moyes believes current manager Jose Mourinho (pictured) still has the backing of the club and its fans © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 9 – Former Manchester United manager David Moyes believes Jose Mourinho retains the full backing of the club and their supporters despite a poor start to the Premier League season.Mourinho reportedly faced the sack regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s fixture with Newcastle but is still in position after the team roared back to win 3-2 after trailing 2-0.last_img read more


first_imgRyan StewartThe rate of bankruptcy cases in Donegal has increased dramatically since the change to the Irish bankruptcy regime in January, a local insolvency practitioner has said.Ryan Stewart, from Stewart Brown personal insolvency practitioners, has taken on seven new bankruptcy cases in just three weeks.Official figures from the Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI) show that there have been just 18 bankruptcies in the county in the last two years. Mr Stewart said: “In just three weeks we’ve taken on seven new bankruptcy cases. The number of people coming forward who are prepared to deal with unsustainable debt through bankruptcy and insolvency arrangements is unprecedented.“Statistics released by the ISI have shown that in the last two years there were only 18 bankruptcies in Donegal. The fact that we’re now dealing with seven cases in just a few weeks is a very telling indication of what’s to come. I would imagine that other personal insolvency practitioners operating in the county may well be experiencing a similar increase in the number of cases.”Mr Stewart says the surge is a direct result of the reduction in the normal period for bankruptcy from three years to one in January.“The rise can be attributed to the change in the bankruptcy regime earlier this year. The law now allows people to benefit from a fresh, debt-free start after just 12 months rather than the previous term of three years. “In recent years we’ve had a lot of people contact us to dip their toes in the water regarding bankruptcy but who stopped short of entering the process. Some of these people are now returning because they are much more comfortable with the prospect of exiting bankruptcy after just one year.“The high profile of the regime change has also played a part in terms of reducing the traditional stigma surrounding bankruptcy in Ireland. As a result, more and more people are seeing bankruptcy as a realistic option which will allow them to get on with their lives after years of torment induced by financial crisis.”DRAMATIC INCREASE IN DONEGAL BANKRUPTCY CASES – CLAIM was last modified: May 9th, 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) Tags:bankruptcydonegalRyan Stewartlast_img read more


first_imgThe RNLI is calling on the public to join them in celebrating the lifesaving work of their volunteer crew in county Donegal by giving it some welly and supporting Mayday, the charity’s national fundraising campaign.The RNLI do trojan work around Donegal’s coastline.From Friday 1 until Monday 4 May, collections and fundraising events will be taking place in Donegal.The events will have a welly theme, in a nod to the yellow wellies worn by the RNLI’s volunteer crew members. The charity is encouraging people to show their support by donating, buying and wearing a yellow welly pin badge or by using the hashtag #YellowWelly on social media. You can also text RNLIMAYDAY to 50300 to donate €4* The yellow welly is an essential piece of RNLI crew kit and has become an iconic symbol for the lifesaving charity. Waterproof with steel-capped toes, the specially designed boots keep the volunteer crew’s feet warm and dry while also protecting them in dangerous conditions on deck.Brave lifeboat volunteers have responded to the Mayday calls of those in distress around Ireland’s 2,500km of coastline for over 190 years. Lifeboat crew members are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.Many have full-time jobs, but each carries a pager and, when it goes off, they rush to the lifeboat station and launch the lifeboat to rescue those in danger.Last year Donegal lifeboats located in Bundoran, Lough Swilly and Arranmore launched 98 times and brought 99 people to safety. Supporting Mayday, Anton Kavanagh, Arranmore RNLI Coxswain said: ‘We are delighted to be involved with the RNLI’s Mayday campaign. I am one of 1,500 volunteers in Ireland who relies on the generosity of the public to help my lifeboat station to save lives at sea. From crew kit to training and fuel for our lifeboats, every cent raised this Mayday will help us to continue to rescue people every day.’The yellow welly pin badge will be on sale on the streets in Letterkenny, Donegal, Dungloe and Buncrana on Friday 1 May. Meanwhile, Bundoran RNLI will host its fourth annual Soapbox Race in the town on Sunday 31 May.Anthony Hiney, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager added: ‘Yellow wellies are an important piece of kit for our crew. They keep our lifesavers on sure footing during rescues and they are a symbol of the amazing work they do. So whether you donate, fundraise or volunteer, let’s give it some welly and do something extraordinary for the RNLI.’Last year, RNLI lifeboat crews from Ireland’s 45 lifeboat stations launched 1,089 times, rescuing 1,414 people.To donate and for ideas on how to get involved with Mayday visit www.rnli.org/MAYDAY. RNLI CALLS ON DONEGAL PUBLIC TO GIVE IT SOME WELLY THIS MAYDAY! was last modified: April 18th, 2015 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:donegalMaydayRNLIwellyslast_img read more


first_imgDonegal resident and Birmingham Six member Johnny Walker has spoken of his friendship with tragic Jim Stynes.Walker, who lives in Carrickfin, first met the Irish/Australian football star when he was released from prison in 1991.Walker, 76, travelled to Melbourne where he met Stynes and the pair instantly hit it off. The unlikely pair remained close friends and would often visit eachother’s houses.Walker told Doneagldaily.com that he was heartbroken to hear of Stynes’ death.“He had a heart that was only matched by the size of the man himself. I can’t remember how tall he stood – it seemed like 6’6” but he was a gentle giant.“I am honoured to have known big Jim and I am very saddened by his passing. He was just such a down-to-earth fella and we just hit it off. “I remember him landing in my sister’s house in Derry with some friends one time and they just all slept on the floor in her front room. She still talks about that night,” said Johnny.Walker, who spent sixteen years in prison after wrongly being accused of carrying out the Birmingham bombings, was jailed in 1975.He says Jim used to often call to Donegal for a few days when he was in Ireland just to walk on the beach or go down to the local pub for a couple of pints.He said he was particularly impressed by Stynes’ sportscar in Australia which had the registration plate ‘Eire 32’.Walker said he often got and sent Christmas and St.Patrick’s Day cards to Stynes. “I remember visiting him with his family in Dublin and they were just lovely people. My thoughts are with them at this time,” he said.DONEGAL RESIDENT WALKER REVEALS HIS CLOSE FRIENDSHIP WITH TRAGIC JIM STYNES was last modified: March 21st, 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:carrickfinJim StynesJohnny Walkerlast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL TD Joe McHugh has called for more research on fish stocks and better cooperation across the industry after some Irish fish quotas were slashed.It follows the announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney TD that he has secured €260 million of fish quotas for fisherman in Ireland next year – a reduction.“The fishing industry has faced considerable challenges over the last few years and I think that a concerted effort between fishermen and the marine institute is the best partnership in successfully evaluating fish stocks and fishing regulations,” said Deputy McHugh. “While funding for the science and research behind fishing is paramount, the experience and knowledge of fishermen who are facing these challenges on a daily basis is also key and the combined work of these two groups will enhance Ireland’s fishing industry and help drive us towards a successful and sustainable fishing industry.“I want to acknowledge the hard work that Minister Coveney has done for the fishing industry, engaging in difficult and complex negotiations, with positive results in the pelagic sector, and in some white fish stocks. However there are still challenges within the Celtic sea and we need to ensure that there is a targeted effort to protect the white fish sector.”Breakdown of Quotas:· A 49% increase in the Hake quota · A 30% increase in the Celtic Sea Herring fishery off the south coast· 13% increase in the mackerel quota· A 55% quota increase in the large Boarfish fishery off the south west· A 36% increase in the Blue Whiting quota for the north west· A 20% increase in the Megrim quota for the north west · A 22% increase in the Haddock quota in Rockall· A15% increase in the Monkfish quota for the south and west· A 14% increase in the Albacore Tuna quota for the summer fishery off the south west McHUGH: WE NEED MORE RESEARCH ON FISH STOCKS was last modified: December 20th, 2013 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:fish stocksJoe McHughMcHUGH: WE NEED MORE RESEARCH ON FISH STOCKSquotaslast_img read more

Men’s Golf Heads to Arizona For Loyola Intercollegiate

first_img Print Friendly Version Freshman Tim Lim has made an immediate impact with an impressive 73.5 average over 15 rounds. He and Kennedy were the team’s top scorers to close out the fall at the ODU/OBX Intercollegiate with a score of 211, which were the lowest 54-hole scores of the season. The Bulldogs opened the spring season last week at the Yestingsmeier Match Play, where they finished in sixth. Drake fell to host Ball State in the first round and then bounced back to defeat MVC foe Loyola in the consolation semifinals. The Bulldogs finished the event falling to Ohio, 4.5-1.5 in the fifth-place match. Story Links DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s golf team returns to action on Sunday and Monday at the Loyola Intercollegiate in Goodyear, Ariz. Following the Loyola Intercollegiate the Bulldogs will head back to Arizona for the GCU Invitational on March 16-17. Sophomore Kyle MacDonald put together one of the best 54-hole score of the season with a 213 (71-70-72) at the SIUE Derek Dolenc Invitational and finished in eight-place. MacDonald finished the fall season with a 72.6 average over 12 rounds. Drake entered the spring season coming off a very successful fall campaign with four players scoring an average round of 74 or less.Senior Drew Ison led the team with a 72.9 round average over 15 rounds, which included a runner-up finish at the Zach Johnson Invitational. Live Results Junior Jack Kennedy played some of his best golf of his career during the fall as he posted a 73.1 average over 15 rounds, which included four top-25 finishes. The 54-hole event will be played at Palm Valley Golf Club and features 18 teams, including; host Loyola (Md.), Air Force, Army, Charleston, Connecticut, DePaul, Drake, Eastern Michigan, Gonzaga, Hartford, Murray State, Missouri State, Seton Hall, Siena, SIU-Edwardsville, Towson, UT-Martin and Xavier.last_img read more

Donegal loses one of its finest characters following death of Jimmy Begley

first_imgThe parish of Fanad lost its most loyal son and one of its best-known figures with the death of Jimmy Begley, Shannagh at Letterkenny University Hospital yesterday afternoon.Aged 87, Jimmy was a community activist for a generation, a leading figure in politics, the promotion of the Irish language and a renowned community worker his native peninsula.But most of all he was a devoted father, husband and grandfather to the family circle. The Tirconail Tribune reports that in earlier times he emigrated to England: returned home to work periodically for Donegal County Council and then to engage on the family farm.He was a leading figure, campaigner, director and Chairman of Independent Fianna Fail and a noted native Irish speaker with a passionate interest in keeping it alive and vibrant.He was a former member and Chairman of the Board of Management of the Milford Vocational School and led the campaign to have a new college constructed after many historic battles and meetings with many Ministers for Education.He was a gifted speaker and one of the leading lights in the Blaney organisation and on the campaign trail ever since the General Election of 1973 when Independent Fianna Fail was founded. His close colleague on the IFF Executive, John Dorrian said that while Jimmy ‘wore his politics on his sleeve’ that never stopped him from helping others and from encouraging them to become involved in politics regardless of party persuasions.Jimmy Begley was a legend in community activity: he promoted the Fanad Festival which he directed for many years: the Fanad Band: the Youth Club: the Credit Union: Community Games.He was involved also in Meithial Forbartha na Gaeltachta (MFG) and brought much success to bear on his beloved peninsula. A regular contributor to Radio na Gaeltachta he kept the old traditions alive in the native tongue and in the promotion of Irish speaking classes in the parish.A man with a deep knowledge of family history and folklore he is truly one of the last of his generation who knew the history of his native parish in all its detail and family histories.He was involved in the setting up of the Fanad Development Association: the construction and running of the Community Centre and the promotion of his native parish at every level of development across a long life span.A highly popular member of the local community, Jimmy Begley’s contribution to his native parish and beyond is immeasurable and his passing is deeply regretted. He is survived by his wife Mary Rose: family members, Sean, Con, Bridgena, Rosaleen, Fionnuala and Evelyn, his sons and daughters in law, Sean O’Kane, Gerard McFadden, Kathleen and Margaret: his grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins to whom deepest sympathy is extended.The Requiem Mass will be in St. Mary’s Church Fanavolty on Saturday at 11.00am followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery.The remains will leave the Eternal Light Chapel in Letterkenny today (Thurs) at 2pm going to the family home for waking.Donegal loses one of its finest characters following death of Jimmy Begley was last modified: January 4th, 2018 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:deathFanadJimmy Begleylast_img read more

Watch: Dirty waste tactics uncovered in the hills of Donegal

first_imgUnprecedented levels of illegal dumping were dug up by investigators in a ground-breaking RTE documentary on Monday night.Donegal was revealed to have some of the worst illegal dumping Ireland has ever seen on RTÉ Investigates: Ireland’s Wild Waste.Evidence of massive amounts of buried waste buried was unearthed in Bridgend, Moville and Rossbracken, near Manorcunningham. Featured image shows Moville dumping, credit: RTE Investigates. Almost 200 man-made mounds of material were found near Moville in a facility in large quarry operated by Davey Transport Ltd. under a waste permit from Donegal County Council. Investigators claim they found evidence of abuse across a wide range of waste handling activities. Environmental Director Fergal Mee was left speechless by the footage.When a beauty spot becomes a black spot – illegal dumping in Co Donegal | RTÉ Investigates Ireland’s Wild Waste, RTÉ One 9.35pm pic.twitter.com/bH8K5RDFZa— RTÉ News (@rtenews) June 18, 2018Vegetation thinly covered domestic waste on the site, where Davey Transport Ltd.’s planning permission was confined to construction and demolition waste material.However, undercover investigators found more thousands of tonnes of domestic rubbish piled into hundreds of mounds beyond the quarry. Allegedly unauthorised infill of demolition waste was also caught on camera on the banks of the Bredagh River. Donegal County Council responded to all cases explored in last night’s documentary. On the actions of Davey Transport Ltd, the authority said it had sent a warning letter when first alerted of burning waste by the EPA in 2011 and is investigating the infill site by the riverside.Beauty spot turned black spot: RTÉ Investigates uncovers long-term illegal dumping in Donegal | https://t.co/pMfDcWm2JT pic.twitter.com/R7WFLBqAwy— RTÉ News (@rtenews) June 18, 2018Reporters turned their attention to local waste offender Jim Ferry. The former Ferrys Refuse operator was labelled as ‘one of the most persistent and significant environmental offenders in the country’.The report explored the impact of the 36,000 tonnes of waste buried on Ferry’s 11 acre site at Rossbracken, and the €720,000 spent by Donegal County Council on the partial removal of waste at the site.The former waste collector, who is filing for bankruptcy, has been ordered to disclose information on his finances before the court next week.Donegal County Council said the Rossbracken site, which is a Special Area of Conservation on the shore of Lough Swilly, was “completely different in scale to anything that had gone before… and it will be pursuing the recovery of the costs involved from the responsible parties.”Fire at Ferry’s Refuse and Recycling plant at Rossbracken, near Letterkenny. August 2017In Bridgend, the documentary alleged of a history of cross-border dumping in a field in Bunnamayne. The RTE report claimed that 50,000 tonnes of waste from Derry were dumped at a site which was due to provide for a €100m North West Data Centre. DCC was strongly criticised by the EPA for their handling of the site, but the authority said they are now working with EPA on the matter.Donegal County Council was found by RTE to be the poorest performing council in Ireland for the inspection rate of its facilities and for investment in waste services. The council was also found to have invested the lowest amount of resources in waste management and regulation. Between 2015 and 2016 Donegal spent €4.20 per person on waste management.Donegal County Council responded to the analysis to say the findings did not reflect all of the authority’s efforts in the area of waste. A council statement said extra funding has been secured to hire extra staff and it remains committed to addressing waste management issues and will continue its efforts to do so.The documentary painted a grim picture of the consequences of illegal dumping for some of Ireland’s most scenic areas in Donegal and other counties, including the Wild Atlantic Way. The full episode can be watched on the RTE Player here: https://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/rte-investigates-30003696/10894777/Watch: Dirty waste tactics uncovered in the hills of Donegal was last modified: June 20th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:documentaryireland’s wild wasteRTE Investigateslast_img read more