Police in M.P. strip, thrash farmers

first_imgIn a shocking incident in Madhya Pradesh, a group of farmers was allegedly stripped and beaten up by policemen at Tikamgarh Dehat Thana for participating in a protest march on Tuesday. The State government ordered an inquiry into the incident after a video and photographs of the farmers sitting in their underwear inside the police station were circulated on social media.On Tuesday, a large number of farmers took part in Khet Bachao, Kisan Bachao agitation called by the Congress near the Tikamgarh District Collectorate.During the protest, a group of Congress workers and farmers tried to enter the Collectorate to present a memorandum to Collector, Abhijit Agarwal.Verbal duelHowever, they were stopped at the entrance by the policemen and asked to wait, said Congress leader Yadvendra Singh, one of the organisers of the protest.Some of the protesters got into a verbal duel with the policemen as a result of which the latter had to use lathis, teargas and water cannons to disperse the crowd, said a Collectorate official. Later, in the evening, when a group of protesters were returning to their village in two tractor trolleys, they were allegedly stopped and detained at the Tikamgarh Dehat police station.The policemen allegedly forced the farmers to take off their clothes and sit in their underwear. “They were also beaten up,” alleged Mr. Singh.State Home Minister Bhupendra Singh said that an inquiry had been ordered into the incident. “The Director General of Police has been asked to institute an inquiry and submit a report within three days,” he said.last_img read more

Onwubere eyeing impressive farewell in NCAA ahead of PBA Draft

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments Onwubere also has high hopes ahead of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, saying he’s confident that he can fit to whatever team picks him.“I know that I’ll go back on being a role player. The effort, the hustle, the defense, I can promise that I can do my best there,” he said. “If I’ll be given the chance, I just promise that I’ll continue developing my game and do my best on defense.” Lyceum evades Letran upset to go 16-0 “I’ve already filed for the draft. My coaches told me that I’m ready for the PBA and I can’t waste my time anymore,” he said.Onwubere has been averaging 15.8 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.5 blocks so far this season, impressing in his final year as he emerged as the undisputed leader of EAC.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 23-year-old is also looking to pounce on the opportunity after memorable stints with Racal in the PBA D-League.“Now, my name is in the discussion so I’m really making the most of this opportunity,” he said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sidney Onwubere. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College may have failed to reach its target of making it to the Final Four this NCAA Season 93, but the fight is still not over for Sidney Onwubere.With only two games left in his collegiate career, the Fil-Nigerian forward is seeking to leave a lasting impression in his final days as a General before he makes the jump to the pro league.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more


first_imgSioux City Police say a man died late Tuesday night when his pick-up truck collided with a train on Singing Hills Boulevard near Highway 75.Police say the 34-year-old victim was driving east in the west bound lanes of Singing Hills approaching Highway 75 around 11pm when the pick-up struck the side of a locomotive of the north bound train that was going through the crossing.The driver was transported to Mercy Medical Center where he died from injuries sustained in the crash.The identity of the driver has not been released and the accident remains under investigation.last_img read more

Mbappe: PSG can’t be the same without Neymar

first_imgThe drama surrounding Neymar and his rumoured move back to Barcelona isn’t going away.  Sources have told Goal that PSG would consider an offer from Barcelona that includes Philippe Coutinho, Nelson Semedo and a cash payment of around €50m (£47m/$57m).And on Sunday, with Neymar not in Paris Saint-Germain’s side for their Ligue 1 opener against Nimes, supporters of the French giants let it be known that they are ready for the Brazilian to be gone.   Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Signs spotted around the ground said “Neymar Get Out” while the home support were heard chanting foul things about the Brazilian.  Following the match the 27-year-old remained the topic of conversation despite PSG strolling to a 3-0 win to open up their campaign, with two of the club’s stars taking very different approaches when it comes to dealing with the drama.  Defender Marquinhos, an international team-mate of Neymar’s, downplayed the talk and claimed the capital club put all its focus on the pitch and leaves those decisions up to the board.  “Everyone is focused on our game, and our philosophy,” he told Canal +. “The rest, we leave it to the board and Neymar.  “They know very well what to do. We really have to think about the pitch, not the transfers.” PSG fans insults Neymar PSG Nimes Ligue 1 11082019While the defender was in no mood to talk about Neymar, team-mate Kylian Mbappe, who scored his club’s second during Sunday’s win, made it clear that life without Neymar would change things at PSG.  When asked if the club could improve on last year’s showing, Mbappe told Canal+ “It depends, we will try.  “But we will not lie; we must also see what will happen with Neymar.  “It’s not the same team without Neymar as it is with him. But we will try to do it for the fans.” PSG strolled to the Ligue 1 title last season, rolling up 91 points, 15 better than nearest challengers Lille, but the club are still chasing an elusive Champions League title.  The French side crashed out in spectacular fashion in each of the last Champions League campaign, falling 3-1 at home to Manchester United last season having taken a 2-0 win at Old Trafford in the first leg.  That followed on from the club taking a 5-2 aggregate beating at the hands of Real Madrid the year before.last_img read more

5 Major Recruits Visiting For Texas Spring Game

first_imgA general view of play at a Texas Longhorns game.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 26: A general view of play between the UTEP Miners and the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 26, 2009 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The Texas Spring game is only a few days away and will give coaches a full look at how the roster stacks up. But fans and reporters won’t be the only ones getting a look – a handful of VIPs will be in attendance as well.According to Horns247, five top recruits from the 2020 and 2021 recruiting classes will be in attendance for the game. The Texas Spring game is slated for April 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET.Attending the game will be five-star running back Bijan Robinson from the Class of 2020. He will be attending with Salpointe Catholic teammate Jonah Miller, a four-star offensive lineman from the Class of 2021.The three other players in attendance are four-star running back Brandon Campbell, four-star cornerback Hunter Washington, and 2021 wide receiver Dylan Goffney.University of Texas Spring game this weekend 🤘🏾#HookEm— Dylan_Goffney_ (@DylanGoffney_5) April 9, 2019Campbell, Washington, and Goffney are all natives to the state of Texas, while Robinson and Miller hail from the state of Arizona.Robinson may be the hardest sell though. Per 247Sports, he is rated as the No. 5 running back in the country and the No. 2 prospect from the state of Arizona. He is currently tipped to choose between UCLA and Ohio State.The Longhorns may need to wait a while to hear from any of the 2021 recruits though. Not a single Big 12 team has obtained a commitment from a Class of 2021 payer yet per 247Sports.last_img read more

It was instinctive dont know from where game spirit comes

first_imgJaipur: Unapologetic about ‘Mankading’ Jos Buttler in an IPL match here, senior Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said his decision was “instinctive” and cricket laws should be reconsidered if what he did was against the ‘spirit of the game’. Kings Xi Punjab captain Ashwin, in a match against Rajasthan Royals on Monday, ‘Mankaded’ rival batsman Jos Buttler, triggering a debate on ‘spirit of the game’. In a first in 12 editions of the IPL, Ashwin ran out a rampaging Buttler, who was at the non-strikers’ end, on his delivery stride in the 13th over, an action popularly known as ‘Mankading’. TV replays showed that Ashwin had waited for Buttler to move out of the crease before removing the bails. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Look it was very instinctive. It wasn’t planned or anything like that. It’s there within the rules of the game. I don’t know from where the understanding of the Spirit of the Game comes,” Ashwin said at the post-match press conference. The mode of dismissal is permissible as per ICC Rule 41.16 of playing conditions, according to which there is no need to warn the batsman as was the case in earlier times. “Naturally if it’s there in the rules, it’s there. Probably, we need to go back to the rules,” India’s premier Test spinner said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterWhen reminded of a past incident when former West Indian skipper Courtney Walsh let off Pakistan’s Saleem Jaffer in crucial 1987 World Cup match at Lahore in a similar situation, Ashwin retorted sharply. “Neither was Jos Buttler playing then nor was I playing. So it is very very pertinent to just not compare two people,” he said. When probed further on whether it affects the ‘spirit of the game’, the irritation was palpable on his face. “I don’t understand the point because it’s rules. What applies for one man doesn’t apply for everyone else?” he asked. There has been a debate whether Ashwin deliberately delayed while loading up on his delivery stride having apprehended that Buttler backs up too far. “I didn’t even load and he left the crease. It’s always been my take on the crease, because it’s my half of the crease,” he said. The Kings XI skipper lauded his bowlers for bringing the team back into the contest. “We all know that after six overs it is going to slow down. Credit to bowlers on how they bowled. I have been working on a lot of variations, pretty happy that it came out,” he said. “Sam (Curran) had a bad day with the ball, but he came back well. Everybody ticked their boxes. We do have a few options amongst us, but if we can have good five overs, there is nothing like it.” Moving away from the controversy, Ashwin said the over from Sam Curran was the turning point of the match. “The over from Sam Curran and then of Mujeeb Ur Rehman was the turning point, we grabbed two-two wickets in them. The asking rate comes down to below 10 and as far as I remember, the Royals needed 37-38 runs from four overs. The game was very much in their hands but the four quick wickets brought us back into the game,” said Ashwin. “The surface got better when they were batting. The ball was holding on when we had batted,” he added. Man-of-the-match Chris Gayle, who hit 79 off 47 balls, said he was happy with his form. “This is a big ground to be honest. I have been in a good form, so it was good to start on a winning note. Sarfaraz (Khan) got some runs today, which was really good. “One thing we discussed before the tournament was to win this IPL for the Universe Boss (referring to himself) and the youngsters have got my backing,” he signed off.last_img read more

China Bans Xinjiang Muslims from Fasting during Ramadan

Tinejdad, Morocco- Muslims around the world celebrated the beginning of Ramadan last weekend, but some in China have been banned from fasting during the holy month, a religious duty that is the 4th pillar or obligation of Islam.The Chinese authorities on Wednesday imposed a ban on Muslim students, teachers, and civil servants in the northwestern province of Xinjiang from fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.Following similar restrictions in previous years, the atheist Chinese ruling communist party has barred Muslims in Xinjiang, a mostly Muslim dominant region, from fasting during Ramadan. Home to many ethnic groups, Xinjiang is an autonomous region of the People’s Republic of China in the northwest of the country with a majority of its population followers of Islam.According to France Agence Presse (AFP), several government departments posted notices on their websites, “banning civil servants, students, and teachers in Xinjiang from taking part in Ramadan fasting.”“Civil servants and students cannot take part in fasting and other religious activities,”the Commercial Affairs Bureau of Turfan city said on its website on Monday, according to AFP.  The same source added that the state-run Bozhou Radio and TV University said on its website that it would “enforce the ban on party members, teachers, and young people from taking part in Ramadan activities.”The spokesman for the exiled World Uygur Congress, Dilxadi Rexiti,warned that these “kinds of coercive measures, restricting the faith of Uygurs,”imposed by China,“will create more conflict.”“We call on China to ensure religious freedom for Uygurs and stop political repression of Ramadan,” he added.The Chinese government explained its action as part of its duty to ensure a healthy life for all its citizens.  Others regard fasting as part of religious freedom, a fundamental human right guaranteed by constitutions worldwide. read more

Moroccan Stock Market Closes May in the Black

Rabat – Morocco’s stocks are closing the month of May in the black. After losing 0.3 percent this Wednesday morning, the MASI Index managed to draw up its shares, closing the session with 11.577 points, and a gain of 0.36 percent.With a MAD 283 million in flux exchanges, the operators quoted at the Casablanca Stock Exchange are registering a greater increase in activity compared to yesterday.The best performers of the session on the Moroccan All Shares were Marsa Maroc, which rose by 0.56 percent, marking highest volume of the day with MAD 86 million. The company is pulling out its MAD 8 dividend tomorrow, June 1. Marsa Maroc is followed by LafargeHolcim, with MAD 31 million in volume and a symbolic increase of 0.05 percent.As for variations, Lydec is at the top of the charts at with a 4.35 percent increase, followed by Taqa Morocco with 3.17 percent, closing on a historic high dividend at MAD 845. At the bottom of the scale, we find IB Maroc and Centrale Danone with respective declines of 3.21 percent and 2.44 percent.Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Casablanca Stock Exchange by 20 to 10 and 13 ended unchanged.On the other hand, crude oil for the month of July’s delivery registered a 1.02 percent decline, down 0.51 points to USD 49.29 a barrel. The EUR/MAD balance was up 0.04 percent to MAD 10.9230, while USD/MAD fell by 0.03 percent to MAD 9.7750. The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.05 percent at 97.28. read more

Moldovans head to polls opt between Moscow and West

CHISINAU, Moldova — Mouldovans have begun voting in parliamentary elections in the former Soviet republic, in a ballot that could deepen a split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces.Sunday’s vote in the country wedged between Romania and Ukraine comes amid concerns about endemic corruption and the erosion of democracy. Parties need to win 6 per cent of the overall ballot to enter Parliament.More than 3 million voters are eligible to elect representatives for the next four years to the 101-seart legislature.The incumbent ruling alliance headed by the nominally pro-European Democratic Party has lost support over rampant corruption and falling living standards.The voting system has been changed in what critics say is a ploy to help the two main parties— the broadly pro-Russian Socialists and the Democrats— to carve up influence.The Associated Press read more

Wigneswaran sets goals for North development projects

The most appropriate plan for his province will be to encourage small and medium scale industries making use of locally available material and involving local people organized in cooperatives, Wgneswarn said.Since most people are engaged in agriculture and fishing in the province, stress should be on these two sectors. Since the educated youth of the North are showing an interest in computer science and communication technology, “back offices” could be created to engage these youth. He observed that due to the 30 year war, officials in the provincial administration have acquired the habit of following the diktats and decisions of the Central government without bothering to give their own inputs based on local experience. It is time they learnt to operate in an era of democracy in which there is an elected government in the province, he said. The Chief Minister pointed out that officials even manipulate surveys to suit the wishes of the Central government. In a survey of war widows, officials told the widows not to say that their husbands had died due to the war but of some natural cause. The Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C V Wigneswaran has outlined the economic goals of his largely rural province and set the parameters within which economic development projects should be conceived.Addressing a conference of international donor agencies, organized by R.Paskaralingam, Adviser to the Ministry of Policy Development and Implementation, Wigneswaran said that first and foremost, any plans for the economic development of his province will have to be discussed with first with his administration and should be based on a scientific survey of the province’s resources and felt-needs, The New Indian Express reported. The Chief Minister made it very clear that the provincial administration would not welcome large, capital intensive, projects in which the locals will only be hewers of wood and drawers of water.”We will not allow outsiders to rule over us and will not allow our resources to be looted,” he said. Wigneswaran further said that since one of the aims of the development process is to effect national reconciliation, in the backdrop of three decades of war, efforts should be made to implement the joint US-Sri Lanka resolution of the UN Human Rights Council passed last year which called for the setting up of credible mechanisms to ensure accountability.If the government takes the steps outlined by him, the Northern Province would extend its fullest cooperation to the Central government’s projects, Wigneswaran assured.Significantly, Wigneswaran had boycotted the inauguration of the International Investment Forum in Jaffna organized by the provincial Governor, Reginold Cooray, on the grounds that the forum was planned without consulting him or his administration or even doing a proper survey of the felt-needs of the people of the province. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN hails resumption of talks between Kosovo and Serbia on missing persons

“This process is, above all, about the families of persons unaccounted for, and every single day these families pass without answers only increases their suffering,” Secretary General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Søren Jessen-Petersen said of the new talks, which came two months after he visited Geneva for talks with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on the issue.”I trust that the delegations will conduct the dialogue in a constructive manner and in a way that focuses fully on the humanitarian perspective,” he added of the working group of the two sides, which has only met once since it was set up in March 2004. “The key goal of this working group should be the facilitation and provision of concrete answers to the families of the missing.”He thanked the ICRC for chairing this dialogue, adding: “I look forward to further meetings of the working group so that we can make real progress as quickly as possible.”The UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) has been running the province since 1999. Speaking on the first anniversary of riots last year, when an onslaught by Albanians to drive out Serb, Roma and Ashkali communities led to 19 people being killed, nearly 1,000 injured and hundreds of homes and centuries-old Serbian cultural sites razed or burned, Mr. Jessen-Petersen said such tragic events must never happen again. It was the worst violence since the UN took over.”The events of March last year cast a shadow over Kosovo but one year on, Kosovo has come a long way. Lessons have been learnt, by us and by the politicians and people of Kosovo,” he declared.”We are now striving together with greater urgency to build a society where people respect each other and where all communities can live freely, peacefully and harmoniously. Clearly, we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel,” he added of the efforts to build a multi-ethnic society in the province where Albanians outnumber other communities, mainly Serbs, by about 9 to 1.He reiterated his call for Kosovo Serbs to look ahead and engage actively in Kosovo institutions at all levels. “This is the best way of helping build the future we all want to see. We cannot change the past but we can and we must shape the future, a future within Europe: a multi-ethnic, prosperous, stable, peaceful and, above all, tolerant society where all communities feel welcome and involved,” he said. read more

Political Risk Analysis What Should Investors Know About Guyanas Oil Industry

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCAIC condemns Venezuela’s “economic aggression” against GuyanaJuly 3, 2015In “Business”Fmr. Ambassador proposes strategies to defend Guyana against VenezuelaJuly 4, 2015In “Opinion”Ali makes passionate call for Govt to re-engage Venezuela over rice exportMay 12, 2016In “Business” By Nathaniel Parish FlanneryGuyana’s oil industry is attracting attention. Credit: HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI/AFP/Getty Images(Forbes) Guyana is not usually mentioned as one of the top targets for investment in Latin America. The country, which has a population of around 800,000 and a landmass roughly equivalent in size to Kansas, sits sandwiched between Suriname and Venezuela. A former British colony that is the only officially English-speaking country in South America, Guyana has never been particularly well integrated with its Spanish-speaking and lusophone neighbors. Most people in the country speak Guyanese creole rather than Spanish or Portuguese. Overall, Guyana’s GDP (which is worth just over $3 billion) is less than 1% of the economic output of regional heavyweights such as Colombia and Venezuela. In 2017, however, after a major off-shore discovery, Guyana’s oil industry is attracting new attention from foreign investors. Some analysts believe that Guyana could soon become one of the region’s top oil producers.To get a sense of what’s happening in Guyana, I reached out to Daniel Gray, the Associate Director of The Caribbean Council, a London-based consultancy.Nathaniel Parish Flannery: Guyana has been receiving some extra attention lately due to the discovery of offshore oil. How significant is the find?Daniel Gray: The oil discoveries within the offshore Stabroek Block are vast, and exploratory drilling continues to push up the estimated total barrels of recoverable oil. In the wake of the initial May 2015 discovery, Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman announced that there could be as much as 700 million recoverable barrels of high-quality oil, something which ExxonMobil, Stabroek’s primary operator, described as “a world class discovery.”Since then, further successful exploratory drilling in Liza and the nearby Payara fields have led estimates of recoverable oil to double, to 1.4 billion barrels. Even based on more conservative estimates the market value of the oil produced would be in excess of $41 billion, based on current oil prices. To put this in context, the size of Guyana’s economy currently stands at around $3.4 billion.For many, the find has quite literally put Guyana on the map. The 6.6 million acre Stabroek Block is shared between ExxonMobil, whose Guyanese affiliate holds a 45% interest, while Hess and CNOOC Nexen hold the remainder, at 30% and 25%, respectively. The finds have attracted many more Exploration & Production companies, including Tullow Oil, Eco Atlantic, Repsol and CGX Energy Inc. Some of these companies have operations in Guyana which predate the Liza find, and are prospecting neighboring blocks including Canje, Kanuku and Demerara with renewed vigor.I think the recent finds in Guyana pale in comparison to the reserves in neighboring Venezuela, a country which holds the largest reserves of oil in the world, at almost 300 billion barrels in conventional oil. However, Guyana does not suffer from the same political risks as Venezuela, a country where resource nationalism since the turn of the millennium has led most foreign oil companies to leave. ExxonMobil, the company leading the development in Guyana, might understand the difference better than most. ExxonMobil actually won a $1.6 billion settlement in 2014 after its assets were expropriated in Venezuela in 2007.Right now traditional oil industry heavyweights in the region such as Brazil and Colombia are offering improved terms to investors, but still struggling in the face of low oil prices. While there are a lot of unconventional plays opening up in countries such as Argentina, and the 2013 energy sector reforms in Mexico have lifted levels of investment across the Gulf, I think Guyana’s finds continue to stand out as the most significant oil and gas development in the region in recent years, and it certainly merits the extra attention it has been receiving.Parish Flannery: What impact is this discovery having on Guyana’s economy, and what roadblocks are being addressed in advance of these reserves coming on stream?Gray: The immediate impact on the economy has been a sensory one; business confidence locally is high and there is a newfound buzz around Georgetown, the country’s capital city. And there’s good reason for it; while it may be at least another three years before the Liza and Payara fields reach the production phase, the government is moving quickly to address a number of roadblocks, especially the country’s significant infrastructure deficit.Leading the way in this regard is a $500 million investment announced in December 2016 to build an onshore oil and gas service hub on a greenfield site at the mouth of the Berbice River, north of New Amsterdam. Yet there is a lot more to do- from building hotels to accommodate foreign oil and gas workers, to improving roads, port terminals and telecommunications networks. There will be no shortage of opportunities for investors, consultants and engineering firms from a range of sectors. The developments also stand to be transformative for the wider Guyanese economy, which will benefit from the logistical and infrastructural improvements many of which are long overdue. Key projects include the upgrade of the road to Brazil through Lethem, the replacement of the bridge over the River Demerara and the bridge to Suriname in the East.Guyana’s government is also modernizing its legal and regulatory environment, with the intention of ensuring that the country’s incoming oil wealth is managed effectively. Importantly for investors, the government appears keen to convey that investors have a stable and clear policy environment in which to operate. Having engaged international organizations on these issues, the government is setting up the institutions and legal framework needed to establish best practices in managing the industry and the revenues. This includes a regulatory Petroleum Commission, competitive local content requirements, and the establishment of robust health and safety and environmental standards.Crucially, the government has also created a Sovereign Wealth Fund intended to manage revenues equitably, and ensure that the benefits accrued are used to develop the country effectively. This month, the government also proposed accompanying Integrity Commission Laws intended to mitigate the governance and corruption risks associated with a sudden influx of resource wealth.   Like many countries, Guyana’s political parties are split along ethnic lines with the potential for real divisions; it is vital that all of the different groups in Guyana feel confident that the newly found oil and gas wealth is benefiting their communities to shared effect. In the short term Guyana’s economy is expected to grow at just over 3% in 2017, faster than most of the region’s major economies. Chart created using data from FocusEconomics.Guyana’s GDP growth in 2017 is expected to out-pace most of Latin America’s major economies.Parish Flannery: What longer-term challenges will Guyana still need to confront?Gray: One key long-term challenge will be high-quality job creation. Infrastructure construction will provide opportunities in the near to medium term, with the oil and gas services hub already set to create 600 local jobs. However, as was recently recognized by Prime Minister Nagamootoo at a conference convened by the Guyana Oil and Gas Association [GOGA], the oil industry will not provide locals with quality long term employment. This is because oil can be largely processed and exported using minimal onshore infrastructure, unlike natural gas which tends to require a lot more onshore management, as seen over the past several decades in nearby Trinidad & Tobago. Moreover, there are currently no plans to build local refineries.Therefore, despite local content regulations requiring the training and employment of Guyanese nationals, there will, in reality, be relatively few high quality jobs available. As a result, Prime Minister Nagamootoo stated that the government will need to look to develop a more integrated economy, where locals can find quality jobs in a range of ancillary support sectors to the oil industry, as well as traditional sectors such as sugar, agriculture and mining.This, however, raises an additional longer-term challenge posed by the expected influx of oil revenues; Dutch disease. Guyana’s meagre energy demands means that it is going to be exporting the vast majority of its oil. With a sudden increase in transactions taking place using Guyanese Dollars, its exchange rate is likely to appreciate significantly. The creation of a sovereign wealth fund will allow the Guyanese Government to guard against some of these risks but nevertheless it will be highly challenging to retain cost-competitiveness for traditional exports from Guyana such as rice and sugar.Guyana will need to rapidly assess how it will protect its key industries going forward so that it remains a diversified economy not overdependent on oil and gas in the way that Trinidad has become. Part of the answer must be to take this opportunity to make the long-term capital investment industries such as sugar and rice need to mechanize and move up the value chain.Finally, it’s important to consider wider developments in global energy. The continued glut of global oil supplies from conventional and unconventional sources, combined with increasingly competitive renewable energy and carbon taxes may altogether conspire to keep the global oil price low. Nonetheless, for Guyana, at whatever the oil price, the opportunity remains huge and represents a once in a century opportunity to transform the lives of its people. read more

Mansour Mining Technologies to distribute Dura 21 product range in Canada

first_imgDura 21 Inc has announce the signing of a distribution agreement with Mansour Mining Technologies Inc, naming Mansour as the exclusive distributor of Dura 21 products to the Canadian mining industry. “As the exclusive distributor of Dura 21 parts, Mansour Mining Technologies Inc will utilise its extensive mining sales expertise and network to install Dura 21 wear products including pipes, fittings and couplers, into Canada’s leading mining, milling, smelting and refinery operations,” said Jean-Guy Coulombe, President of Mansour Mining Technologies Inc.“At Dura 21, our goal is to craft solutions that increase productivity by decreasing the wear rate of metal parts while reducing the impact on the environment,” says David Dillon, Director of Product Development at Dura 21, “Our relationship with NORCAT has provided us with the resources necessary to create not only an excellent product, but also a solid plan to grow as a leader in mining innovation. With the addition of our partnership with Mansour Mining Technologies Inc, our customers will receive leading-edge service from an experienced sales team.”“Dura 21’s proprietary technology solves a complex problem in a multi-billion dollar market,” says Don Duval, CEO of NORCAT, the regional innovation centre where Dura 21 resides, “however, what is more exciting beyond the financial opportunity, is that the company’s solution has demonstrated significant environmental benefits by reducing the frequency of part replacement by offering a more durable, cost-competitive product that resonates with customers.”last_img read more

Delivery of the 73 m diameter SAG mill and 600 t associated

first_imgAs noted in the post of January 2, Gascoyne Resources Ltd’s Dalgaranga gold project remains on schedule and on budget for first production in Q2 of 2018. Between Christmas and New Year the SAG mill and associated equipment, approximately 750 t in total arrived at Fremantle port, and is currently being delivered to the Dalgaranga project site in the Murchison gold mining region of Western Australia.Mike Dunbar, Gascoyne’s Managing Director: “The arrival of the SAG mill and the associated equipment on site is a significant milestone for the company, as it is the longest lead time item and one of the last key items to be delivered for the project. 2018 will be an exciting and transformational year for the company as we are set to become a +100,000 oz/y gold producer within just a matter of months, and concurrent with this, we will be stepping up gold exploration at high priority near mine targets at Dalgaranga, as well as continuing with exploration drilling at our 1 Moz Glenburgh gold project.”last_img read more

Jonny Sexton out of trip to Rome Paddy Jackson to start

first_imgUpdated: 2.25pmJONNY SEXTON — WHO was this morning named in the starting XV for Ireland’s trip to Rome — has now been ruled out.Sexton was hurt in training this morning, going over on his foot, though Declan Kidney insisted the Paris-bound kicker would be okay. Not so.“A scan has confirmed that he has torn a tendon in his left foot and is therefore ruled out this weekend,” an IRFU statement reads.Ian Madigan is now promoted to the replacements as Paddy Jackson starts. Craig Gilroy returns on the right wing after overcoming a groin strain, replacing rib-fracture victim Fergus McFadden.The pack is unchanged from the team that started against France with lock Donnacha Ryan being passed fit after sustaining a shoulder injury in that game. Devin Toner is on the bench in place of veteran second row Donncha O’Callaghan however.“The Italian line-out is going really well and I thought tactically it’d be good to cover off that area,” explained Kindey at the team’s base. “Devin has been going really well in training too. It’s extremely disappointing for Donncha but it’s just on the balance of things what I think we’ll need.” Ireland have never lost to Italy in the Six Nations with their last defeat to the Azzurri coming in 1997 before they joined the tournament.Victory in Rome, combined with France defeating Scotland in Paris, would give Ireland third-place – a reasonable return given the number of injuries they have endured in the championship. But defeat, combined with a French win, would thrust them into contention for the wooden spoon.Asked to sum up the championship so far, from an Irish point of view, Kidney added: “It’s been frustrating in terms of results. And in terms of creating opportunities and not finishing them off. But they’ve been working really hard, they’ve been a joy to work with and sometimes you’ve just got to work through these things in life. If we weren’t creating stuff we’d say okay, we have to go back to the drawing board but it’s like that at all.”Ireland (15-1): Rob Kearney; Craig Gilroy, Brian O’Driscoll, Luke Marshall, Keith Earls; Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray; Jamie Heaslip, Sean O’Brien, Peter O’Mahoney; Donnacha Ryan, Mike McCarthy; Mike Ross, Rory Best, Cian Healy.Replacements: Sean Cronin, David Kilcoyne, Stephen Archer, Devin Toner, Iain Henderson, Paul Marshall, Paddy Jackson, Luke Fitzgerald.- additional reporting AFPWhat do you think?O’Driscoll and Sexton named in starting line-up to face ItalyCampaign to retain Declan Kidney for 2015 World Cup gathers momentumlast_img read more

Augustinian Friar Encourages Austin Prep Students To Believe

first_imgREADING, MA — Rev. Raymond F. Dlugos, O.S.A., Ph.D., C. Psych., a Trustee of Austin Prep and Merrimack College’s Vice President of Mission and Ministry, shared thoughts from his 40-year Journey as an Augustinian Friar on Tuesday, March 6t 2019 as part of the St. Augustine Lecture Series. Father Dlugos framed his remarks within the context of this year’s theme at Austin Prep: “Presume Good Intent.”  His presentation was held in Meelia Hall before an audience of Austin Prep students, faculty, staff and community members.Father Dlugos provided real-life examples when discussing the core Augustinian values of veritas, unitas and caritas.  He examined exactly what truth is and how it relates to one’s self worth.  He discussed how society views truth and how the definition of it has changed as the years have gone by with the emergence of “fake news” and “truthiness”.He also addressed the concept of perfection and encouraged those in attendance to look positively at themselves despite perceived shortcomings. Interwoven with stories of his child and adult life, Father Dlugos described how self-acceptance is extremely important.  He also dispelled the myth that hearts are figuratively not made to be broken.“We’re raised to believe that having a broken heart is a bad thing,” Father Dlugos said.  “Our heats are not meant to be wound tight, we are humans, all humans have feelings.  It’s perfectly fine to experience a full range of emotions, it’s okay to be sad or angry.”At the conclusion of his presentation, Father Dlugos took questions from Middle School and Upper School students on a wide range of topics. Through personal examples and anecdotes, Father Dlugos encouraged students to follow their passion and use care when making decisions.  He shared his own personal story of pursing a doctorate in psychology at the age of 40 and how it shaped his outlook on life.Named for Austin Prep’s patron, the St. Augustine Lecture Series which began in 2015, is designed to enrich the intellectual life of the school community by exposing students to accomplished individuals who share their experiences and lessons learned in life. Previous speakers were Brian Montgomery, former Deputy Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary in the Executive Office of President Bush and former Housing & Urban Development Secretary for President Obama, Major General Charles W. Whittington, Jr., the Deputy Commanding General of Operations in the U.S. First Army and Grace Cotter Regan, the first female president of Boston College High School.Father Dlugos is a licensed psychologist in New York, a registered psychologist in Ontario, Canada, and a Roman Catholic priest ordained in 1983 for the Order of St. Augustine. He received a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the State University of New York at Albany, a master’s degree from Washington Theological Union (MD), and a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University (PA).  He joined Merrimack College in August of 2008.Father Ray Dlugos, O.S.A. was greeted by Student Body President Alexia Andrikopoulos ’19 of Reading prior to delivering remarks as part of Austin Prep’s Augustinian Lecture Series.(NOTE: The above press release is from Austin Prep.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 5 Wilmington Students Graduate From Austin PrepIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 13 Wilmington Students Graduate From Austin PrepIn “Education”Wilmington’s Michael Ciampa To Be Inducted Into Austin Prep’s Athletic Hall Of FameIn “Sports”last_img read more

Coffee Day Indigo to push IPO market activity to 4year high

first_imgAs top brands like Cafe Coffee Day and IndiGo set to issue initial public offering (IPOs) soon, the market activity is expected to reach a four-year high.Several companies have already raised Rs 6,600 crore so far this year and many are planning to “garner another Rs 20,000 crore” through IPOs.Coffee Day Enterprises Ltd (CDEL), the company that owns Cafe Coffee Day (CCD) chain of restaurants, will issue an IPO on 14 October to raise Rs 1,150 crore, taking the total amount garnered through IPOs in the domestic capital markets to nearly 7,800 crore so far in 2015.Budget carrier Indigo’s parent company Interglobe Aviation is also scheduled to issue an IPO later this month to raise nearly Rs 2,500 crore.Many other firms are expected to issue public offers in the coming festive season from Dussehra to Diwali. One of them is Infibeam, the first e-commerce firm to get regulator’s nod to go for an IPO.The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has already given its approval for 15 firms to go public. Another 17 companies are currently waiting to get a “green signal” from the regulator to issue their IPOs.Overall, these 34 firms are projected to raise over Rs 20,000 crore through IPOs this year.”Festive season is approaching, so I expect many companies that are holding their IPO plans and companies that have not hit the capital market despite getting Sebi’s approval would definitely plan to go ahead with their public issues,” NDTV Profit quoted CNI Research Head Kishor Ostwal, as saying.In contrast, only 6 IPOs were launched last year to raise just Rs 1,261 crore, while 3 IPOs had hit the market in 2013.last_img read more

Multiple wounded in Dutch tram shooting Police

first_imgEmergency services stand at the 24 Oktoberplace in Utrecht, on 18 March, 2019 where a shooting took place. Photo: AFPSeveral people were wounded in a shooting on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday, police said, with local media reporting counter-terrorism police at the scene.”A shooting occurred on the 24 Oktoberplein in Utrecht… Multiple people have been injured. The surrounding area has been cordoned off and we are investigating the matter,” Utrecht police said on Twitter.”It is a shooting incident in a tram. Several trauma helicopters have been deployed to provide help.”Local media showed photographs of masked, armed police and emergency vehicles surrounding a tram that had stopped near a road bridge.Tram traffic in the area was halted, operator Qbuzz was quoted as saying by the ANP news agency.last_img read more

Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray Reteam on Apple and A24s First CoProduction

first_imgApple has officially entered the feature film world.Apple and A24 have teamed up on their first film under their recently formed partnership with “On the Rocks,” Sofia Coppola’s next pic, reteaming her with her “Lost in Translation” star Bill Murray along with Rashida Jones.Coppola will direct from a script she wrote. Coppola and Youree Henley will also produce. Mitch Glazer and Roman Coppola are exec producing.The film follows a young mother who reconnects with her larger-than-life playboy father on an adventure through New York.Production is set to start next month in New York and marks A24 and Coppola’s second go-around, having previously partnered on “The Bling Ring.” The acquisition marks a major get for Apple’s first feature production, given the heat a Coppola-Murray package would spark with other studios. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “Lost in Translation” not only landed Murray an Oscar nomination, but established Coppola as a force in directing circles and would launch the young filmmaker’s career, landing her an Oscar for best screenplay.Murray has been busy, having recently finished production on Jim Jarmusch’s next movie “The Dead Don’t Die” as well as Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch.” Jones most recently directed the doc “Quincy” about her father, iconic music producer Quincy Jones.She is repped by UTA and Coppola is repped by ICM Partners.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

How the Hunchback of Notre Dame Once Saved the Crumbling Cathedral

first_imgMonday April 15, 2019 became a terrible day for people from all over France, and arguably the world, as they watched the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris going through a destructive fire. The fire notably caused the roof of the cathedral to collapse, including its famous spire. Stephen Murray is an art historian and professor at Columbia University. According to the Washington Post, he is also a member of the Friends of Notre Dame of Paris Foundation. “Parisians have had a direct relationship with their cathedral,” Murray commented to the Washington Post. “And I think it was largely because of the wave of interest because of the book.”The fire at an early stage, viewed from the south. Photo by Wandrille de Préville CC BY-SA 4.0Notre Dame was indeed a symbol of Paris. Built between 1163 and 1345, the monument has withstood many hardships during its history. As reported by National Geographic, Notre Dame went through a difficult renovation under the reign of King Louis XIV. Over the course of time, these reparations ended up damaging the Cathedral more than fixing it. The recent fire which engulfed much of Notre Dame also happened during renovation works. See a video of it here:Many of the stained glass windows were then replaced with clear glass. The three rose windows are the only ones known to be from the original work, and which survived the recent fire. The French Revolution brought more troubles to the cathedral. Because the French monarchy had been strongly attached to Catholic traditions, revolutionaries rebelled against the Catholic Church. The crowd most notably destroyed the statues in the cathedral’s Gallery of the Kings, mistaking the ancient Kings of Judea and Israel for the French royal lineage.The east facade of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris by photographer Edouard Baldus, 1860sNot only was the cathedral sacked, with many of its statues and relics destroyed and its lead used for bullets and canons, but revolutionary leader Robespierre made great efforts to de-Christianize it. Notre Dame was then used as a sanctuary for Robespierre’s own religion, the cult of the Supreme Being.The cult of the Supreme Being aimed at connecting religious, civic, and moral ideas, according to Alpha History. It was sanctioned as a French national religion in 1794 by the National Convention (government of the French Revolution).Notre Dame, 1890–1900After the Revolution, Napoleon Bonaparte started a movement to restore Notre Dame. While he was Consul of the French Republic, Bonaparte gave control of the cathedral back to the Catholic Church in 1801, and in parallel outlawed the Cult of the Supreme Being. He was crowned French Emperor in Notre Dame in 1804, after leading restoration works. But the cathedral owes its most significant renovations to a novel.Portrait of the writer Victor Hugo (1802-1885).Famous French author Victor Hugo was a leader of the romantic literary movement of the 19th century. According to Britannica.com, “Romanticism emphasized the individual, the subjective, the irrational, the imaginative, the personal, the spontaneous, the emotional, the visionary, and the transcendental,” and took interest in cultural nationalism. It also had an interest in medieval architecture, leading to the Gothic Revival.In 1831, Hugo wrote The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the story of Quasimodo, a hunchbacked bell ringer who falls in love with a beautiful gypsy girl named Esmeralda. Rejected by the locals, Quasimodo finds sanctuary inside the cathedral, which becomes the theatre of an intense love story.Illustration from ‘Victor Hugo et son temps’ (1881) by Alfred Barbou, showing the galerie des chimères of Notre-Dame de ParisNotre Dame is, in fact, the main character of Hugo’s book, the Washington Post says. Two chapters are entirely devoted to the sole description of the monument. As Romantic authors’ appreciated Gothic architecture, Hugo’s book is a tribute to Notre Dame, dedicated to its preservation.Hugo was an important advocate of preservation. He so firmly opposed the destruction of medieval buildings he wrote: “It is difficult not to wax indignant, before the numberless degradations and mutilations which time and men have both caused the venerable monument to suffer.”Reproduction of the first page from Victor Hugo’s historical masterpiece, Notre-Dame de Paris. From the Autodidactic Encyclopedia Quillet, Tome 3, 1960.His efforts did not take long to pay off. In 1844, French architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc was put in charge of a new renovation project. The colossal work nearly took 25 years, but resulted in an impressive revival of the old cathedral. Rare footage of the cathedral at the end of the 19th century along with other Parisian sights was captured by the Lumiere Brothers, one of the earliest creators of moving pictures. Take a look at the beautiful footage here:As National Geographic describes, Viollet-le-Duc restored the façade of the Gallery of the Kings, and added features such as the spire, the statues of the Twelve Apostles, and the gargoyles which became famous thanks to Hugo’s novel.Eugène Viollet-le-Duc“Viollet-le-Duc must have lived and breathed that building,” said Murray. The Hunchback of Notre Dame has become such an iconic novel, it has been adapted to movies more than a dozen times, the Washington Post reported. Back in the 19th century, it had a tremendous impact on the restoration effort of the cathedral.Publicity still from film ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ (1923)Today, Hugo’s novel is already having another impact: according to The Guardian, various editions of the book were ranked among the top positions of Amazon France’s bestseller list.Read another story from us: Assessing the Damage of Notre Dame – What Survived and What Didn’tWhile the book sales may not pay for the reparations the building will have to go through, they are a sign of how attached to their beloved cathedral French people are. Hugo’s book can also provide relief, as a symbol of a monument previously restored, which can go through yet another challenge.last_img read more