The police in Arunachal Pradesh capital Itanagar have launched a hunt for a man who burnt a car and clubbed a puppy to death outside the residence of newly-elected Bharatiya Janata Party MP Tapir Gao.Police said closed-circuit television captured the man, identified as one Tongam Jomoh, driving a white hatchback up to the gate of MP Gao’s residence in Itanagar and setting it on fire after killing a puppy that came in his way. The incident happened around 6 a.m. on Friday.Mr Gao won the Arunachal East parliamentary seat, defeating his nearest Congress rival James Lowangcha Wanglat by 69,948 votes.“Mr Gao’s wife registered a complaint at the Itanagar police station. We identified the man from the CCTV footage. He is on the run,” Complex Superintendent of Police Tumme Amo said.The miscreant, claiming to be the president of All Arunachal Abo Tani Association, had ahead of the April 11 Assembly elections in the State warned Mr Gao of dire consequences for providing BJP ticket to “outsiders”. Mr Gao was the president of the BJP’s State unit then.The MP said he did not rule out the possibility of his “political rivals” sending an intimidatory message. “My party workers and I have filed many cases against those who have been attacking me on social media,” he said in a message to the State’s Chief Secretary.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Standhardinger arrives from Germany, attends first Gilas practiceBut that’s the easy part.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe hard part is getting accustomed to the Filipino style of play as he is set to bolster the Gilas Pilipinas squad in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.Standhardinger didn’t waste time and immediately joined team practice on Wednesday afternoon, less than 24 hours since flying in. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena And he already liked what he saw.READ: Fil-German Standhardinger named to Gilas team set for SEA Games“It’s a great team. I think there are some many nice characters and great people and I’m excited to be here. I think coach just expects to give everything you’ve got and I can bring to the team. I penetrate a lot to the basket, my rebounding is good, so I think that’s where I can help the team the most,” he said.Standhardinger added that he is looking at this opportunity to proudly represent the homeland of his mother, who traces her roots in Angono, Rizal.“I think it’s always a great opportunity for me to make my family here in the Philippines proud, so that’s why I decided to come here and give my best. It’s always a dream to play for a team, for a country you believe in so it’s like a dream come true,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend What ‘missteps’? China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong MOST READ Christian Standhardinger. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netChristian Standhardinger, who arrived in the country just Tuesday night, was dealt a reality check: internet access is not readily available everywhere.“I’ve been looking where I can find wi-fi,” he said with a laugh as he messed around with Gilas team utility Bong Tulabot.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Parks, Paras lead PH team in SEA GamesFor coach Chot Reyes, the Fil-German forward has already shown glimpses of what he can do to meet the management’s expectations of him.“We know how he plays and we had a very good idea of what he brings to the team. But of course, he hasn’t been playing since May and then, he planed in last night from a long trip so admittedly, he’s gonna be far from a hundred percent. But like I said, the reason he’s here, he gives us a big guy who can rebound and he also has some skills,” he said. “We like his perimeter game, his ability to put the ball on the floor. I think he’s an all-around skilled guy but now, we need to see how he can cope with the physical game and the banging on the elite Asian level.”Reyes was quick to integrate Standhardinger to the pool, putting him alongside his future national team partners Kobe Paras, Mac Belo, Bobby Ray Parks, and Raymar Jose in the team’s drills.The outspoken mentor also shared his grand plans for the 6-foot-8 stud, noting that same as with Paras, Standhardinger is no doubt going to be a part of the national team’s future.“That’s why he’s here. He’s 27, he’s been playing in the German pro leagues for quite a while, so it’s about time for him personally to get to the next level. And I think this is an excellent opportunity for him,” he said. “We’re not worried. He’s a good kid. I think he’ll come around.”Reyes bared that Standhardinger will be in the country for the long run, as he expects him to stay past the SEA Games and hopefully, for the 2017 PBA Draft, pending the PBA Board of Governors’ meeting on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games View comments #InquirerSeven: Things to know about Jeff Horn Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend
With the Juventus striker currently working his way back from a minor right thigh muscle issue, it’s worth remembering how few matches he has missed due to injury.Before his injury, Ronaldo played in 36 of Juve’s 39 games in all competitions this season and started 34 of them. The only times he didn’t play were because coach Massimiliano Allegri wanted to rest him or because he was suspended following a red card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsEven when a woman filed a civil lawsuit in September accusing Ronaldo of raping her in Las Vegas in 2009 — an accusation Ronaldo denies — he didn’t miss a game.“Cristiano is the best player in the world,” Juventus president Andrea Agnelli said. “If you have him on the pitch, he gives you an extra sense of security.” Since Juventus last won the Champions League in 1996, it has lost five finals.“When you have muscle injuries, you have to be very careful,” Agnelli said. “For one match you risk compromising the next two months. It’s more important to safeguard two and a half months than one match only.”Ronaldo, however, won’t stay out for long.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Last chance Cayetano’s beef with ABS CBN? Unfair air time during 2016 campaign PLAY LIST 02:25Cayetano’s beef with ABS CBN? Unfair air time during 2016 campaign00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess At the 2014 World Cup, Ronaldo played for Portugal through patellar tendinitis and a related thigh injury.He also injured an ankle with Portugal in October 2009 and was sidelined for seven weeks, and a fractured kneecap kept him out for just 11 matches at the start of 2008-09.Now 34, Ronaldo seems to be so in touch with his body that he immediately self-diagnosed his latest injury, telling Portuguese media after hurting himself with the national team that he “should be back in one or two weeks.”It turns out he might be right, with Allegri recently saying that Ronaldo could return for next week’s visit to Ajax in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals.Juventus desperately needs Ronaldo, as evidenced when he scored a hat trick against Atletico Madrid in the round of 16 and almost single-handedly overturned a first-leg deficit.Juventus fans got some relief when Ronaldo posted a video on Instagram of him swimming laps in a pool with what appeared to be weights around his ankles. “Working hard on my recovery,” he wrote.A day later, Ronaldo shared an image of what appeared to be a hydro-massage session after more swimming, followed by an image showing off his back muscles .Ronaldo has scored 19 goals in 26 Serie A matches, leaving him two short of the league lead held by Sampdoria’s Fabio Quagliarella.Juventus needs only two more wins to clinch a record-extending eighth straight Serie A title, but winning the Italian league again is not why Juventus signed Ronaldo from Madrid for 100 million euros in July.Its stated goal is to win the Champions League — something Ronaldo helped Madrid do the last three seasons. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte FILE – In this Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 file photo, Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his side’s opening goal during the Champions League group H soccer match between Juventus and Manchester United at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy. Perhaps those perfectly sculpted abdominal muscles that Cristiano Ronaldo constantly shows off on social media are not just for vanity purposes. Ronaldo’s well-documented fitness has enabled him to stay remarkably healthy throughout his glittered career. With the Juventus striker currently working his way back from a minor right thigh muscle issue, it’s worth remembering how few matches he has missed due to injury. Before his injury, Ronaldo played in 36 of Juve’s 39 matches in all competitions this season _ starting 34 of them. The only times he didn’t play were because coach Massimiliano Allegri wanted to rest him, or because he was suspended. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)ROME — Those perfectly sculpted abdominal muscles that Cristiano Ronaldo constantly shows off on social media are not just for vanity.Ronaldo’s well-documented fitness has enabled him to stay remarkably healthy throughout his glittered career.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Before Juventus, it was Real Madrid that profited from Ronaldo’s speedy recoveries.In May, Ronaldo injured an ankle in the ‘clasico’ against Barcelona but missed only two matches and returned in time to help Madrid beat Liverpool in the Champions League final.In December 2017, Ronaldo hurt his calf in the Club World Cup final but was back the following month. In 2016-17, three different injuries couldn’t keep him away for long.Ronaldo missed Madrid’s first three matches of the season, including the European Super Cup against Sevilla, as he continued to rehabilitate the knee injury he suffered against France in the final of the 2016 European Championship.Then came a thigh injury in December 2016 that forced him to miss only one match, and a broken hand at the start of 2017 that also kept him out for only one game.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES
Bangladesh labour activists said on Friday they had joined a lawsuit in Switzerland against world soccer body FIFA for allegedly failing to use its influence to ensure people working on 2022 World Cup facilities in Qatar are treated fairly.The suit, filed in FIFA’s home city of Zurich with the backing of the largest labour union in the Netherlands, calls on FIFA to force Qatar to adopt “minimum labour standards” for migrant workers preparing for the tournament, including at least the right to quit a job or leave the country.The Gulf state has faced criticism of its treatment of foreign workers from Amnesty International, the Building and Wood Workers’ International organisation and others. (Also read: FIFA sued over abuse of migrant workers for Qatar World Cup)Repon Chowdhury, secretary general of the Bangladesh Free Trade Union Congress, confirmed the organisation had joined forces with Dutch union FNV in the suit on behalf of a Bangladeshi man who says he was harshly exploited in Qatar.It joined the suit as co-petitioner after failing to get compensation from the man’s employer, Qatar or FIFA, he said.”We tried to settle the issue amicably, but all our efforts failed and ultimately we had to file a petition,” Chowdhury said. “As the umbrella body of trade unions, we feel that his right as a human being has been denied and we strongly raised our voice against this violation of rights.”A Qatar government spokesman had no immediate comment. Doha has previously denied exploiting workers and says it is implementing labour reforms. (Also read: FIFA’s Infantino urges zero tolerance for child abuse)advertisementUnder Qatar’s “kafala” system, foreign workers must get their employer’s consent to change jobs or leave the country. Qatar will pass a law next week that lets workers appeal to the government if their employer stops them leaving the country.Critics say workers will still find it hard to change jobs or travel.Gas-rich Qatar is pursuing a $200 billion infrastructure upgrade and has recruited hundreds of thousands of workers from countries such as India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Foreign workers outnumber the local workforce by nearly 10 to one and can be jailed or deported for forming unions or holding protests.FIFA was not immediately available for comment. In the past, it has cited plans under discussion to set up a group to monitor working conditions in Qatar.
Liverpool boss Klopp hails Milner as ‘man on fire’by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hailed James Milner as a “man on fire”.The 33-year-old scored the opener in Wednesday’s 2-1 Carabao Cup win over MK Dons.”This man is on fire, that’s how it is,” said the Reds boss. “He helps a lot and he is a real model for the young players.”If he could play every day, Millie would be like this every day, so that is brilliant.”We could have done better in that final period but we started well as a team but then we got a bit stiff.”We had to force the goal and then you saw Millie (score). The team lacked rhythm and experience and the player with the most rhythm and experience was the best player on the pitch. It was pretty obvious.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ex-Brighton boss Hughton turns down Stokeby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Brighton boss Chris Hughton has turned down Stoke City.The Potters have begun the search for Nathan Jones’ replacement.Stoke are sacking Jones because of his disastrous nine-month reign and they are bottom of the Championship with just two points.The axe could fall today and the Potters’ hierarchy were keen to try and line up a successor before they dismissed Jones.They approached Hughton, who has been out of work since being sacked by Brighton at the end of last season, but the former Newcastle boss wants to wait in the hope of landing another Premier League job, says the Mirror.Hughton’s refusal is the only reason why Jones is still at his post and he has been a dead man walking since last week. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The increasing popularity of poker among students, and the number of youth with access to illegal online gambling sites, makes the Responsible Gambling Council’s live drama 82% a relevant and important program for youth. The live drama, created for secondary school students and preformed today, Oct. 7 at Duncan MacMillan High School in Sheet Harbour, is supported by the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation during Responsible Gambling Awareness Week. It will tour throughout the province this fall. “Once teens reach the age of 19, the risk of developing a gambling problem almost doubles, and young adults don’t perceive gambling as risky behaviour,” says Barry Koen-Butt, director of awareness programs and communications, Responsible Gambling Council. “The council’s youth dramas have proven to be an effective tool to deliver awareness messages about the risks of gambling to this age group, before they are of legal age to gamble.” 82%, the sixth drama created by the council, features young actors and age-relevant language and messaging to explore the personal consequences facing a young adult, and those around him, when his gambling gets out of control. The dramatic performance is inspired by creative contributions by high school students and is followed by an interactive student talk designed to reinforce the drama’s messages. “This drama is the perfect medium to deliver gambling prevention messages to adolescents,” said Stephen MacDonald, acting president and CEO, Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation. “82% is written and performed in a way that effectively reaches the students. We are proud to support this program.” The gaming corporation has brought council dramas to Nova Scotia schools since 2005. All have been designed to encourage those younger than 19 not to gamble, increase awareness of the signs of problem gambling and provide information on where to get help. The Responsible Gambling Council is an independent, non-profit organization committed to problem gambling prevention. It designs and delivers highly effective awareness programs. Through its Centre for the Advancement of Best Practices, the council also promotes identifying and adopting best practices in problem gambling prevention. The Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation is the Crown corporation that manages the gaming industry in the province and is the host of the 10th annual Responsible Gambling Awareness Week, which runs Oct. 2–8. The week includes a full schedule of community events and education programs across Nova Scotia. For more information, visit www.nsgc.ca and select the Responsible Gambling Conference icon.
Singapore: The RBI will continue to unlock entrepreneurial energies and set the country firmly on track to become USD 5 trillion economy in the next five years, Governor Shaktikanta Das said here on Friday. The RBI chief said the slight slowdown in the last quarter was a temporary one and the economy is likely to end the fiscal with higher growth rate of close to 7 per cent. “The policy focus will continue to be on unlocking…entrepreneurial energies and set India firmly on the trajectory towards its aspirations of becoming a USD 5 trillion economy within the next five years,” he said at a dialogue with Indian business community. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAs the financial sector repairs and emerge out of the balance sheet stress, a speedy revival of demand in the economy assumes vital importance in order to reinvigorate, he told over 200 business executives from leading corporations. “Stimulating demand is currently the overriding priority of both the Government and RBI (Reserve Bank of India). “Some structural reforms are also required, and I am happy to note that some structural reforms are on the anvil,” Das said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostHe noted that with the budget for the remaining part of the fiscal announced, government spending would see a boost, which will have salutary impact on the economy. Das was on a two-day visit to Singapore during which he met Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, and his counterpart Monetary Authority of Singapore Managing Director Ravi Menon. He also met top leaders of financial sector and global financial companies. In India, the household savings are the principle livable resources in the economy, said Das, pointing out that of the total household savings of 17.2 per cent of GDP in 2017-18, only 6.6 per cent were in the form of net financial savings. “Greater financializing of the savings can increase the pool of domestic resources and it can substantially ease financial pressure on the balance of payment of the country,” he said. The financial system, comprising institutions and markets, has a key role in bringing these resources towards the productive sector, he pointed out. Elaborating on the RBI’s 35 bps repo rate cut on August 7, he said the banks have reduced lending rates for new loans by about 29 bps as a follow up since then. Normally, it takes about three quarters for the policy rate transmission to happen. “But now it is happening faster and our interaction with the banks shows that we can expect faster and higher level of monetary policy transmission passing the benefits of the rate cuts to new loans”. During his more than one-hour interaction with business leaders, Das shared efforts being made to rebuild the financial sector and recoup the stressed non-banking financing companies (NBFCs). He highlighted several measures announced in the Union Budget in July to strengthen the sector. The RBI chief also mentioned that while some NBFCs had not done well, there were others that had good balance sheets and were performing well. The RBI, he said, was monitoring NBFCs and Housing Finance Companies that account for bulk of the credit from NBFCs and were systematically important.
The former assistant director of the United Nations environmental agency has been appointed new administrator of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), effective 1 January 2006, it was announced today. As the new Executive Secretary of the treaty, which is administered by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and has its headquarters in Montreal, Canada, Ahmed Djoghlaf of Algeria will help manage efforts to stem the destruction of endangered species and their habitats around the world, as well as the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources.Mr. Djoghlaf, who takes over from Hamdallah Zedan of Egypt, has extensive experience in the field of the environment, biodiversity and multilateral organizations, according to UNEP. Since 1996, he has been Director of UNEP’s Division of Global Environment Facility Coordination, based in Nairobi, Kenya, directing the agency’s activities related to the multibillion dollar global facility fund.“It will be a great loss for UNEP to see Ahmed Djoghlaf go,” Klaus Toepfer, UNEP’s Executive Director, said today. “He has truly transformed our role within the Global Environment Facility and he will be sorely missed. But our loss is the CBD’s gain. Mr Djoghlaf has the skills, the intellect and experience to take this important convention forward into the 21st century.”The Convention on Biological Diversity was established at the so-called “Earth Summit” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNorwegian SWF most successful model to guarantee economic security- JagdeoAugust 29, 2017In “latest news”Petroleum Commissioner should be chosen by a Board instead of a Minister- fmr T&T Energy MinisterOctober 26, 2017In “Business”Sovereign Wealth Fund for oil and gas sector should be set up already- JagdeoJuly 24, 2017In “latest news” The Parliamentary Opposition has made known its general disapproval of the Petroleum Commission Bill which was laid in the National Assembly by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman. This bill seeks to pave the way for the setting up of an agency that would manage the impending oil and gas sector in Guyana.Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoOpposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo told a recent political meeting that the Bill in its current form is both “oily” and “slick”, and rather than being a Guyana Petroleum Commission, it appears to be more like a “Trotman Petroleum Commission”.According to Jagdeo, the bill gives the minister too much power.“This bill is very oily and slick, like Trotman. They (present Government) used to criticize us that Ministers had too many powers. They want to manage the oil money after promising a Sovereign Wealth Fund years now, and not coming up with (only) a draft or a model that will ensure the proper use of the money,” he remarked.Once this Bill is passed and assented to by President David Granger, Trotman would be given the authority to terminate the board of the Guyana Petroleum Commission at any time. Jagdeo said the minister would also be granted the power to discharge the functions of the board if the board is not appointed.“So, he now has the power of the entire board. The Minister can become chairman of the board if he doesn’t appoint a chairman. The Minister appoints the chairman, deputy chairman and secretary to the board. This is like a ‘Trotman Petroleum Commission’,” he asserted.Natural Resources Minister Raphael TrotmanJagdeo, an economist, also highlighted the fact that by establishing a reserve fund, a direct charge would be made on the Consolidated Fund.“So, if they make a loss, then the money has to come from the Consolidated Fund to support this entity,” he explained. “These are the same people who were saying that we were creating slush funds outside, and they had to do an audit…where they said we had private accounts. They found $40 billion sitting there for bad days. The audit all came back clean,” he further explained.The former Head of State also cautioned citizens to be careful and not fall prey to the many promises that the coalition Administration has made. In fact, Jagdeo described as absurd a suggestion made by Trotman when he promised people on the Essequibo Coast free gas in 2020.“The people didn’t find a gas field, they found an oil field. The little gas it (would) have would be uneconomical to bring… to shore, and will cost millions (to so do). There is no demand, but they are promising free cooking gas already,” he pointed out.Jagdeo also pointed to statements made by Trotman about establishing on Crab Island an oil facility that would create 10,000 jobs and cost US$500 million. However, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary claimed he is still not clear how the Government plans to acquire this finance.“They can’t find $9 billion to keep sugar and 10,000 jobs intact here, but they can spend US$500 million. But I want to wager you — because it is all hype — that nothing will happen at Crab Island… It is not feasible, and so the people in Rose Hall and New Amsterdam…will (not) get jobs, those people will be fooled. These people (Govt) have no credibility; you can’t believe anything they say,” Jagdeo declared.Opposition Member of Parliament Irfaan AliWhile recognising that the bill is timely, People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP) Member of Parliament Irfaan Ali said that when he scrutinised the bill closely, his party found that the independence of the Petroleum Commission is vigorously challenged in numerous sections.“And this will certainly affect its ability to operate in a fair, open, objective, and non-discriminatory manner, as envisioned in section 6 subsection 1,” Ali told the National Assembly on Thursday.In providing one example, Ali told the House that when one examines section 8 of the bill, which deals with the “Power of the Minister to give directions to the Commission,” it is clear that the Commission would hardly be able to work without the direction and control of the Minister.According to section 8 of the bill, the Minister is allowed not only to provide policy guidance, but to also give direction to the Commission regarding a number of other issues. This includes the size of the establishment; the employment of staff, and the terms and conditions of employment; the provision of equipment, and use of funds; reorganization, or such works of development as to involve a substantial outlay on capital account; training, education and research; the disposal of capital assets; and the application of the proceeds of such disposals.“Thus the Minister is literally empowered to dictate, inter alia, how many persons an independent Commission should employ; what should be the terms and conditions of employment for the staff of the Commission; how an independent Commission should use its funds etc.”The former minister said that based on a review of similar legislation in other countries, his party was unable to locate one that gave comparable powers to the Minister. “Indeed, based on our review, we found that the only power the Minister is granted in other countries is the power to provide policy guidance,” the former minister disclosed.Ali argued that the bill will not create an independent agency that would be able to carry out its mandate in a fair, transparent, non-discriminatory manner as similar agencies in oil producing countries do. Instead, the Bill would create an agency that is a sidekick or subservient creature of the Minister.The bill provides for the establishment and functions of the Petroleum Commission of Guyana and for related matters. The bill has 51 sections which cover areas such as establishment and incorporation of the Petroleum Commission; functions and duties of the Commission; and financing, among others.The Petroleum Commission Bill makes provision for the establishment of a Petroleum Commission to serve as a regulatory agency for Guyana’s oil and gas industry.The establishment of a new regulatory agency will see the responsibility taken from the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC).Minister Trotman read the Bill for a second time on Thursday, June 15. The bill will now be presented before a Special Select Committee for review.
A global leader in conveyor technology and bulk materials handling has announced final plans for a new 10,000 m2 facility in Kunshan, in the Jiangsu Province of China. Scheduled to open in late 2011, the new Martin Engineering building will house 8,000 m2 of manufacturing and warehouse operations and the rest will be office space, making it eight times larger than the company’s existing space. When construction is completed on the recently-purchased 1.6 ha property, the site will produce a variety of systems used to improve efficiency and reduce fugitive material in bulk material handling, including belt cleaners, impact cradles, skirtboard seal systems, air cannons, and industrial vibration.“The new facility will allow us to greatly expand operations, improving our supply and service to the Asian region,” said Martin Engineering China Managing Director Eric Zheng. “And the enhanced manufacturing capabilities will allow us to do an even better job engineering customised solutions for bulk material handlers.” The large production area will incorporate a full range of manufacturing operations, including laser cutting, metal fabrication, painting, assembly and testing. The building itself has been designed to meet the silver level of LEEDS certification, and will be built in two phases, with approximately 50% of the manufacturing and warehouse to be completed in each stage.Martin Engineering’s existing China facility began operation in Kunshan in 2005, and quickly outgrew the 1,200 m2 leased space. Zheng said the new facility will give Martin Engineering China greater capabilities for developing products specifically for the regional market, and could eventually give the company the ability to serve Asian customers outside China. “This will be an attractive and extremely functional building,” he added, “which will help strengthen our organization and facilitate future business development.”
Level 3 Communication’s solutions enable sharing of critical data, streamline back-office systems and provide reliable communications to remote sites across Africa. Level 3 Communications is now providing First Quantum Minerals Ltd (FQML) with a global network that is enabling cost-effective and reliable communications for its key mining sites across the world.FQML operates in remote locations around the world, where reliable communications are either limited or non-existent. In 2011, the company contracted with Level 3 to consolidate a number of its legacy communication providers globally, using Level 3’s Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) network, linking offices and data centres in Europe, North America and Canada to operations in remotes parts of Finland and Perth (Australia).Today, through a combination of the latest fixed-line and satellite technology, and an extensive partner network in region, Level 3 is connecting its global MPLS to FQML’s mines in remote areas of Africa and South America. This robust network supports the use of data-intensive applications and provides on-site staff with critical business applications, as well as high-bandwidth Internet connectivity.Ben Rodgers, Global Network Manager, FQML said: “The Level 3 network supports our continued investment in communications technology, enabling our employees, regardless of their location, to communicate and collaborate effectively. By using Level 3 to deliver communication services to our often remote sites across the world, we have been able to achieve efficiency gains and significant cost savings.”Tim Passingham, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Business, EMEA at Level 3, said: “By selecting the Level 3 network, FQML can share critical data within a secure, reliable and scalable infrastructure, providing the company with the flexibility to cost-effectively grow its global operations. The services Level 3 is providing to FQML highlight the continued expansion of our network in the region.”Level 3 Communications provides local, national and global communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers. Level 3’s comprehensive portfolio of secure, managed solutions includes fibre and infrastructure solutions; IP-based voice and data communications; wide-area Ethernet services; video and content distribution; data centre and cloud-based solutions.
THE EX-BOYFRIEND OF Amanda Knox says he wasn’t fleeing Italy when he drove to Austria while an appeals court deliberated his fate in the death of a British student.In an interview with US broadcaster NBC News broadcast on Friday, Raffaele Sollecito said he had been planning to take a trip outside Italy if acquitted, and turned back from Austria as soon as he learned he had been convicted a second time for the 2007 slaying of Meredith Kercher.He said he checked into the first hotel once back in Italy because he was tired. Police found him there Friday morning, and confiscated his passport and ID papers, as called for by the court.Sollecito told NBC: “I didn’t want to flee, or to get away because I actually went back.”Raffaele Sollecito and his father Francesco. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)A court in Italy reinstated the guilty verdict against Sollecito and Amanda Knox for the 2007 killing on Thursday.Knox, who has remained in her home in Seattle in the US during the appeal, has said she had not expected the verdict. In an interview yesterday, she said she would “never go willingly” to Italy to face the country’s judicial system.Knox and Sollecito were found guilty of the killing in 2009 but the verdict was overturned in 2011.Read: “I will never go willingly to Italy” – Amanda Knox > Read: Raffaele Sollecito ‘stopped at Italian border’ following retrial verdict >
THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA is turning into a death trap for people who are trying to escape conflict in their home countries.In the past fortnight alone, 260 people have died or been reported missing as they attempted to cross the sea towards Europe.Overall this year, 800 people have died in the Mediterranean.According to the UNHCR, the UN’s refugee agency, the death toll is much higher than in recent years. In 2013, 600 people died, while that number was 500 in 2012.Survivors report disturbing incidents of mass drownings, suffocations and a suspected multiple stabbing.Rescued refugees and migrants have also told of handing over their life savings to smugglers, in order to travel in unseaworthy and overcrowded dinghies, packed into a few metres of space without food, water or life jackets.The journey can take between one to four days, depending on the weather, sea and boat conditions. In several incidents, people were stranded for more than two weeks before being rescued.The tragedies mark an intensifying crisis on Europe’s shores, as many fleeing Eritrea, Syria and other countries torn by violence seek safety in Europe by risking their lives at sea in the hand of smugglers.The rapid rise in incidents over recent weeks has prompted calls for urgent measures by European countries to develop a comprehensive plan to prevent such deaths.The UN has asked for Europe to intensify its efforts to strengthen rescue operations, provide swift access to asylum procedures for those in need of protection and legal alternatives to dangerous sea crossings.Last weekend, Italian and Maltese authorities rescued 8,000 people.On 14 July, Italian authorities rescued 12 people 40 miles off the coast of Libya. Survivors said their rubber dinghy had been carrying 121 people. Passengers panicked when it started to deflate on one side, and it capsized. A total of 109 people are missing; with one man saying he lost his pregnant wife during the incident.On 15 July, 29 people were found dead from apparent asphyxiation in the hold of a fishing boat, and details are emerging of a horrifying incident in which as many as 60 people were stabbed and thrown overboard as they sought to escape from the hold. A total of 131 people are missing and presumed dead from the incident, including a newborn baby. Italian police are reported to have arrested five men on Tuesday in connection with the incident.This man crowned himself king of an unclaimed part of Africa – and he’s pretty serious about it
Apr 29th 2017, 11:47 AM By Associated Press Arkansas struggling to get more lethal injection drugs The state’s remaining supply of one of the drugs runs out tomorrow. Short URL Saturday 29 Apr 2017, 11:47 AM https://jrnl.ie/3365721 49 Comments Share Tweet Email Inmates Jack Jones, left, and Marcel Williams were executed recently Source: Arkansas Department of Correction via APARKANSAS IS SET to have a difficult time obtaining additional lethal injection drugs after a series of controversial executions.An unprecedented court challenge by a drug distributor and possible complications during at least one of the four executions carried out this month could cause problems for the state, experts have said.The state launched an ambitious plan to execute eight death row inmates over 11 days to beat the expiration date on one of the three drugs needed under the state’s lethal injection protocol, but four of the executions were halted by courts.Arkansas’ remaining supply of midazolam expires tomorrow and it’s not known where the state will be able to get more of the sedative or its dwindling supply of the other two drugs.All the major manufacturers of injectable midazolam have said they do not want their drugs used in executions and most of them have created control systems, including contracts with third-party drug distributors prohibiting the sale of their drugs for use in lethal injections.Some of those companies have even asked wholesalers who sell drug components to compounding pharmacies to sign contracts that they will not sell the manufacturers’ ingredients to compounders that plan to make lethal injection drugs.“This is a new chapter in this story, and every time we have a new chapter it makes it more and more difficult to obtain drugs and the state’s’ options get more and more constrained,” Deborah Denno, a professor at Fordham University School of Law and an expert on the death penalty, said.Denno said the drug companies have been “incredibly disruptive” in the past. She cited a Missouri lawsuit in 2013 in which intervention by the drugmaker Fresenius Kabi USA was able to stop the state from using propofol, a drug that’s never been used in an execution.American drugmakers that refused to make sodium thiopental sparked drug shortages at execution chambers nationwide in 2011, forcing many states to look for alternatives. Texas has found a steady stream of pentobarbital from an unnamed compounding pharmacy.Supplier’s lawsuit Arkansas is facing a lawsuit from drug distributor McKesson Corp, which wants the state to return its remaining supply of vecuronium bromide. It’s the second drug in Arkansas’ execution protocol.McKesson argued that a representative of the state misled the company when purchasing the drug last July by using a physician’s licence number that implied the drug would be used only for medically-approved purposes. Company representatives have said they have contracts with manufacturers saying they cannot sell the drugs for executions.The Arkansas Supreme Court lifted an order that had blocked the state from using McKesson’s drugs but the underlying court case remains.A McKesson spokeswoman declined to comment, citing the pending litigation.With its midazolam set to expire tomorrow, Arkansas has no more executions scheduled. The state requires two full doses of each of the three drugs including a backup dose of each in case there is an issue during an execution. It’s not clear how many doses of the other two drugs Arkansas uses to execute prisoners remain in the state’s stash.Arkansas’ execution protocol requires prison officials to dispose of any drugs that were prepared for an execution, but not used.An Arkansas Department of Correction spokesman confirmed the state destroyed the unused backup doses prepared for the recent executions, but it was not clear if the prison readied drugs for any of the four inmates whose scheduled executions were blocked by courts.Denno said the perceived issues in Thursday’s execution of Kenneth Williams, who lurched and convulsed 20 times during the lethal injection, will also signal to drug companies there might be issues in the state’s protocol.Using the secrecy law The drugmakers and suppliers that don’t want Arkansas to use their drugs said the Department of Correction has hidden behind the state’s execution secrecy law. The law passed in 2015 required the state to keep any information that might identify the makers and sellers of execution drugs a secret.However, the companies said the state has used the law to keep the purchases a secret from the makers themselves. The makers allege Arkansas won’t confirm it has their drugs and promised a third-party distributor in June 2015 that the manufacturers would never know it had violated contracts that prevent the sale of their drugs for use in executions.McKesson alleges Arkansas used deceitful tactics to buy a replacement batch when one of the drugs expired.And Correction Department Director Wendy Kelley has testified that she drove to an undisclosed location to obtain the state’s newest batch of potassium chloride from a person who chose to donate the drug rather than create a record of a sale.State officials have testified that all three drug suppliers previously used will not sell or give any more lethal drugs to Arkansas.“The companies don’t want to be publicly shamed, not for such a small market. You could see even for a small compounding pharmacy, they don’t want to be known as the pharmacy that makes the drugs that kill people,” said Dr Peter Rice, a professor of clinical pharmacy at the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy.But two of the companies involved in the sale or possible making of the drugs— McKesson and Fresenius— identified themselves in court filings, signalling they care more that the state doesn’t use their drugs than remaining anonymous.Read: Arkansas execution spree ends after another man is put to deathRead: US state of Arkansas executes two prisoners in one night Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 12,439 Views
By Yankuba JallowTijan Touray, an ex-guard to former President Dawda Jawara, yesterday January 23rd, gave testimony before Commissioners of the TRRC, on his recollection of the 1994 coup.Touray said he was a close body guard to former president Jawara and a secret agent attached to the State House by the National Security Services (NSS).Testifying before the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), Touray said he joined the Gendarme in 1986 and was conferred the rank of Corporal; that he trained with Retired General Lang Tombong Tamba and their batch had forty recruits. Touray said at this time, the Commander of the Gambia Gendarmerie was General Pateh Seck of Senegal and the instructors were Senegalese.He added that one Ebrima Chongan, a Gambian, was made Commander after undergoing his Gendarmerie training overseas.Touray told Commissioners that former president Jammeh was moved from the State House owing to his bad behavior; that he does not respect his superiors. He said the manner in which he acts or speaks was not good at all and swears often.“He was like a bandit. He does not take orders from his seniors and he hated them. He was like a radical,” the witness said.About The Coup:Touray said weeks before the coup, he travelled with former president Jawara to the AU Summit in Tunisia; adding that they came back on the 21st of July 1994.Like many other witnesses, Touray disclosed to Commissioners that three days before their departure for the AU Summit, there was rumour of coup but investigations revealed that it was foiled, that on their return from the Summit, Lang Tombong Tamba, who was the senior guard commander at the State House at the time, instructed him to join a minibus. The witness said it was not normal for a person who escorts the president abroad, to be put in a minibus and be separated far from the President. He noted that at the Banjul International Airport, he saw Yaya Jammeh, who was at this time, a military police officer.On the day of the coup, Touray said he left for work as usual to the State House. He pointed out that at the entrance, he saw former president Jawara, Saihou Sabally and the then American Ambassador, leaving the State House with a small entourage; noting that he followed them to the Seaport in Banjul where he saw the president and others enter a naval ship. He pointed out that Lamin Kaba Bajo ordered him to return to the State House to monitor what was happening there.Touray explained that after reaching State House, Yahya Jammeh and his soldiers (who were referred to as rebels), were standing outside the State House discussing in English, with Lang Tombong Tamba who was the Guards Commander; pointing out that they later changed their discussion to Jola language. He noted that the number of rebel soldiers who came, was large.“Lang Tombong said in order to avoid bloodshed, the soldiers should be allowed in, to take over the State House,” he asserted.Touray said at this point, he left the State House for the seaport but saw the American Naval Ship that former president Jawara boarded, leaving the port; that the coup makers were not only the soldiers because “you cannot identify who the soldiers are, because they were all in camouflage.”He said the people he was able to identify as being part of the coup, include Alagie Martin, Edward Singhateh, Sanna Sabally and others.After Staging A Successful Coup:The witness said this was not a coup but a mutiny. He said he is still with the conviction that if the coup was resisted by soldiers at State House, they would have overcome Jammeh and his men. He said there was day when Lang Tombong Tamba, Lieutenant Kebba Sonko, and Kemeta Sambou, came to his residence near State House; that during their discussion, they said they wanted to conspire to assassinate Jammeh and his Council members but were told by Lang Tombong Tamba that he was part of the coup makers.“Lang Tombong told us that Yahya Jammeh gave him the responsibility of Fajara Barracks,” the witness stated.He said he left the Gambia for Senegal on the following day, by boat and met former president Jawara in Dakar. He noted that he was charged with Treason in absentia whereas Kebba Sonko was arrested and detained by the junta, as a result of a report made to the junta by Lang Tombong Tamba.Sittings Continues today at 10 am.
SANDAG and Waze Carpool partner up to make military commutes free Posted: August 7, 2018 Updated: 10:38 AM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Military service members in San Diego can now get free rides to and from military bases through SANDAG and Waze Carpool’s joint Military Carpool Incentive program.The San Diego Association of Governments announced Monday that it is partnering up with Waze Carpool to help ease traffic congestion and give back to San Diego’s military community.“The San Diego region is home to one of the largest military populations in the nation. We are excited to partner with Waze Carpool to ease traffic congestion, help the environment, and give our servicemembers free rides to and from work,” said SANDAG Chair and Del Mar City Councilmember Terry Sinnott.Now through November, Waze Carpool will offer free commutes to and from these military bases for one month each:• August: Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and Naval Base San Diego• September: Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton• October: Marine Corps Recruit Depot and Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado• November: Naval Base Point Loma and U.S. Coast GuardNo promotional codes are required.Waze Carpool is also reimbursing drivers for military commutes, making it free for everyone involved. Drivers will receive up to $0.54 per mile for picking up others commuting to or from a base.Carpoolers can also take advantage of regional carpool benefits like HOV and Express Lanes, Park & Ride lots, and the Guaranteed Ride Home program.For more information about the promotion, or to download the Waze Carpool app, visit iCommuteSD.com/military. Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Camp Pendleton, MCAS Miramar, Military FacebookTwitter , August 7, 2018