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first_imgThe National Coordinator of the Guyana Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (GEITI) is confident Guyana will complete its first reconciliation report within the 18 months deadline.During an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI) today, Dr Rudy Jadoopat said the Secretariat will soon be engaging the general public through outreaches across Guyana.“We’re going to have all these outreaches and we’re going to discuss, at different levels, what information is there, how the processes are taking place. We’re going to get the public involved (and) we’re going to make them aware of some of the challenges we face,” Dr. Jadoopat said.The GEITI Secretariat will soon advertise for the hiring of a Communications Consultant. Dr Jadoopat said the Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG), which is tasked with implementing the EITI standards, will finalise the terms of reference before advertising for the post.The first EITI report is expected to comprise of information on Guyana’s legal and fiscal framework, licence allocation, licence registered, contract transparency, beneficial ownership, exploration, accurate assessment of reserves, monitoring production data, development of procedures and systems to compare declared production volumes with government’s measurements, exports of products from the extractive industry among a detailed list required by the global EITI body.Dr Jadoopat explained that the MSG has established a working group to determine the definition of materiality for the report. “Materiality is the information that they’re going to use to determine whether the omission or the misstatement of this data is going to affect the comprehensiveness of the EITI report,” he explained.Additionally, the MSG will also have to determine the reporting period. “According to the EITI standard it’s supposed to be not later than two years from the date when the report is to be filed,” Dr Jadoopat explained.The MSG will also have to decide what sectors will be covered in the report. Dr. Jadoopat said the focus will likely be on the oil and gas sector and large-scale mining with the inclusion of other sectors over time.Another important step for the GEITI in completing the report is the hiring of an independent administration to compile the report. The administrator is likely to be an international auditing firm, with experience in preparing EITI reports, working with local firms.“We are currently in the process of preparing the terms of reference for the independent administrator,” Dr Jadoopat explained. The GEITI is receiving assistance from the international EITI Secretariat as it finalises the ToRs and fills the position by mid-2018.“There’s a lot of other things that have to be done,” to ensure that the EITI report adheres to the EITI standard.Dr Jadoopat noted the GEITI Secretariat’s work plan for 2018 includes systemising and publishing the information it is collecting on beneficiary ownership, document and discuss government’s policy on disclosure of beneficiary ownership and build capacity on among the GEITI staff. The deadline for the submission of the first EITI report is April 2019.last_img read more

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first_imgGun crime Share on Messenger US crime Associated Press in Los Angeles California Los Angeles Moment LA shooter surrenders himself to police – video Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Read more ‘No Notoriety’: the campaign to focus on shooting victims, not killers Share via Email A woman was shot and killed when a gunman ran into a Los Angeles supermarket where he held dozens of people hostage for about three hours on Saturday before handcuffing himself and surrendering to police.About two hours before taking the hostages, police say the man shot his grandmother seven times and wounded another woman whom he forced into a car. Police chased the vehicle and exchanged gunfire with the man, who crashed into a pole outside Trader Joe’s in the city’s Silver Lake suburb and ran into the store.Customers and workers dove for cover as police bullets fired at the suspect shattered the store’s glass doors. Some inside the supermarket climbed out windows as scores of police and firefighters and 18 ambulances converged on the scene. Heavily armed officers in riot gear stood along the side of the store and used mirrors to look inside as hostage negotiators tried to coax the man into freeing his 40 to 50 hostages and surrendering.About three hours later at 6.30pm the man agreed to handcuff himself and walked out the front door surrounded by four of the hostages. The unidentified man, who police said was about 28, was immediately taken into custody. Police said he had a wound to his arm.Mayor Eric Garcetti congratulated police and firefighters for their work and mourned the loss of life at the Trader Joe’s he and his wife regularly shopped at when they lived in the neighbourhood. “The heroism that was shown today was second to none and the teams that were able to respond, secure the perimeter and engage in conversation with the suspect no doubt saved lives today,” he said, adding “our hearts go out to everyone who has been traumatized.”The hostage situation began around 1.30pm when the suspect shot his grandmother and another woman in south Los Angeles and then forced the other woman into his grandmother’s car, Los Angeles police chief Michel Moore said. The grandmother was in critical condition.Officers tracked the car and tried to stop it in Hollywood but the man refused to pull over, Moore said. During the chase he suspect fired at officers, shooting out the back window of his car, before he crashed.Outside the store the man exchanged gunfire with police again and a woman was shot and killed, Moore said. It was not clear if she died from police gunfire or was killed by the gunman.Fire officials said six other people ranging from 12 to 81 years old were taken to hospital. None had been shot and all were in fair condition. Last modified on Sun 22 Jul 2018 08.28 EDT Shares4040 Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Play Video Topics Share on WhatsApp Gun crime Share via Email Reuse this content Share on Twitter Woman dies as police exchange gunfire with suspect who had crashed outside supermarket following car chase 0:44 Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Sun 22 Jul 2018 01.05 EDT Los Angeles shooting: one dead after Trader Joe’s hostage drama Share on Twitterlast_img read more

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