first_imgDear Editor,The apparent twisting of the ruling of the CCJ in handing down its consequential orders that the call by the Opposition to name an elections date was blanked by that August body is indeed disingenuous by one media house.Editor, the Court did not blank, but rather gave clear effect and directives that elections must be held within three months from the date of its ruling that the NCM was legally passed.So in effect, the call that elections be held by September 18, 2019 was in fact upheld by the Court.What it blanked was the thinking that the Government was not in a caretaker mode and it is not business as usual.Sincerely,Shamshun Mohamedlast_img read more

first_imgThe report of the presence of the Ebola virus in Liberia has worried Gambian U20 footballers who are scheduled to play their Liberian counterparts this Sunday at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.But team doctor, Dr. Kalifa Manneh dispelled their fears and urged them to get set for their first leg African Youth Championship qualifiers.Dr. Manneh told the players that precaution and prevention would be observed highly during their weekend’s visit stay in Liberia.”It is true that the Ebola disease is in Liberia but it has nothing to do with the Gambia U-20 team because in anything that we do, we have precaution, findings, and ways of preventing it,” the paper quoted Dr. Manneh.The national U-20 side, Satellites, has been preparing for their clash against their Gambian counterparts.Meanwhile a press statement from LFA’s Director of Communications Henry Flomo said the game will kick off at 4pm at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.Flomo said the U-20 team is expected to move to camp on Friday.They are: Benjamin Gbamy, Prince Saydee, Blamo Nimely, and Sporo Somah (BYC), Oscar Dorley, Raymond Fanciah, Emmanuel Nimely, Marvin Blapoh, Abdullai Koulibaaly, Loseni Kromah, and Benjamin Sackoh (Monrovia Club Breweries), John Lobbie and Stephen Seameh (NPA), Solomon Yahweh and Sam Jackson (BYC II), Fred Fofana (Watanga FC), Simplice Bearian, Abu Kamara and Moses Tokpah (Ganta Black Stars), Sunnyboy Dolo (Nimba United), Carlos Sanney (LISCR FC), Lee Carter (ELWA United), Titus Kamara (Keitrace FC,) Henry Farkarlun, (Delekon FC) and Moses Quaye (PAGS FC).German trainer Fabien Muers is involved in the physical and mental preparation of the U-20, Flomo said.Liberia last participated in the CAF U-20 in 2012 under Coach Hazel Gray.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe recently appointed Country Manager of ExxonMobil in Guyana, Rod Henson, has announced that that company will be relocating to Guyana its onshore operations — used for support services — from neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago, where they are currently based.Henson made the announcement over the weekend during an outreach in Corriverton, Berbice as part of Guyana’s application process to join the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) based in Oslo, Norway.Henson was at the time engaging a Berbice businessman who was looking to query what, if any, interest ExxonMobil held in Crab Island in light of word that an onshore base would be established there.According to the businessman, with sugar facing its demise locally, young people were looking to the emerging oil-and-gas sector in hope of acquiring jobs, but were unclear as to what exactly is being proposed for that island.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman has indicated that Government is examining the possibility of establishing on Crab Island an onshore base costing some US0M, but Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has repeatedly dismissed the claim as a fallacy; and while ExxonMobil had publicly declared its disinterest in building such a facility, Henson had indicated a route the company could use to establish a shore base for support services in Guyana.Henson had, however, been quick to point out, “Our development is offshore; that’s where we have a lease from the Government, and that’s where we are developing.” Nevertheless, he had also said: “We require shore bases.”He had explained that some amount of development requires support services onshore, but had also stated that the company’s facilities are currently located in Trinidad and Tobago.He had told participants it was not a case wherein ExxonMobil would be looking to build a facility for its support services, but would rather put out tenders and anyone interested in providing the shore base services could present a proposal.In relation to the Crab Island proposals, Henson explained that ExxonMobil would not, in any way, dictate where the base should be located in Guyana; but insisted that the “next shore base has to be in Guyana.”The ExxonMobil Country Manager indicated, “We will put out our requirements and we will let the Guyanese (people) compete, and if it’s in Berbice, great! We (are) not dictating where; that is, it’s an open and transparent tender process.”Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman had, in 2016, announced that Cabinet had given its ‘no objection’ to the establishment of the onshore industrial site in the area of Crab Island, Berbice. He had said it would be forged through the joint efforts of the ministries of Natural Resources, Public Infrastructure and Business. Construction was announced for early this year, and the investments from the private sector and Government’s infrastructural work and support were to be equivalent to US0M; but this has never materialised.According to information released this March by the Government’s Department of Information (DPI), the construction of an onshore oil-and-gas facility at Crab Island seeks to cater to the expansion of exploration and subsequent production of oil in Guyana. Crab Island is located in the Berbice River.That report had said Government would be investing US0M to construct the onshore facility during the course of this year, and that the facility would serve as a logistics and supply base to the offshore production.The Guyana Lands and Surveys Department has been advertising leasehold interest in close proximity to Crab Island.The facility touted by Government is said to create some 600 jobs, and could consist of components which include maintenance, fabrication, warehousing, spares, housing, and spares handling among others.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman had last year said that jobs which would be created through the establishment of the onshore supply base facility would enable and enhance the labour force.ExxonMobil has, in recent months, been advertising for onshore service providers.John Fernandes Limited (JFL) and Muneshwer’s Limited were among the shortlisted companies. These companies have port facilities along Water Street.ExxonMobil and its partners found oil in commercial quantities in the Liza Field back in May 2015, and have since accelerated development activities in preparation for commercial production in 2020.Additionally, several other companies have been issued licences to explore Guyana’s deep waters. Those companies include Repsol, Tullow Oil, CGX, JHI, Eco Atlantic and Ratio Oil.last_img read more

first_imgRon Liepert, the province’s Energy Minister says, Alberta’s biggest February sale of conventional oil and gas drilling rights in at least 14 years, confirms growing confidence in the province’s regulatory regime. However, the Calgary Hearld reports at least one industry spokesman says the reason for the land rush is not politics, but a combination of geology and new technology.John Wright, chairman and chief executive of PetroBakken Energy Limited, says the sale was driven by interest in a reservoir in the Pembina formation.- Advertisement -It appears in zones from south of Edmonton to west of Calgary and has been producing oil and gas for more than 50 years through vertical wells.Now however, Mr. Wright says new horizontal drilling technology has sparked renewed interest in the area.Alberta Energy reported yesterday it had raised 106 million dollars in its February sale, more than 12 times as much as it took in during the same sale in 2009 and three times more than it collected in February 2008.Advertisement In fact the closest February sales total in government records going back to 1996, came in 2006 when 92 million dollars was raised on the way to an all-time Alberta annual high total of 1.47 billion in non-oilsands oil and gas drilling rights.However, these numbers pale in comparison to those of BC, which recorded a record high calandar year sale of 2.66 billion dollars in 2008 and that included a monthly record in July of that year of more than 610 million.BC has opened this year with a January sale of more than 13 million dollars and the February sale is scheduled for the 24th of the month.last_img read more

first_imgShe has tried them all – doctors, physical therapists and even Shirley MacLaine’s psychic surgeon – but nothing has worked, Susan Tartakoff says. She still can’t get up out of her wheelchair and walk. “I’ll never give up trying to get back on these feet,” Tartakoff said Wednesday, rolling her wheelchair into the Center of Achievement for the Physically Disabled at California State University, Northridge. It’s been 22 years since she last walked – 22 years since her car was hit broadside by a drunken driver being chased by police. She doesn’t remember the crash at Winnetka Avenue and Devonshire Street, but she does remember what happened immediately after. “I was sitting there in a dream state, looking around the inside of my car, thinking what a mess it was,” she said. “I thought I should probably get out of the car, but when I tried, I couldn’t. My legs were stuck, and they wouldn’t move. “The next thing I remember is being in the ambulance, with a paramedic asking my age. He said, `Are you 26?’ I thought that was nice of him. I was 36. “The next day, a doctor walked into my room at the hospital and told me I’d never walk again.” And she hasn’t. But when you talk to the people who know this remarkable woman, who’s paralyzed from the chest down, you realize you’d be a sucker to bet against her. “Susan’s an amazing woman who has a lot of people around here believing anything’s possible,” said Carol Bennett, coordinator for the CSUN rehab center where 280 physically disabled men and women come every week for aquatic and land therapy – and a dose of hope. It’s that spirit that spurred Susan to take to the streets after she decided to organize a fundraising race to help offset some of the costs at CSUN’s therapy center. “Merchants would watch Susan pushing herself up and down their street in her wheelchair, talking about all the good work going on at the center, and pretty soon, the sponsors started signing up,” said Carole Weinman, who joined Susan’s volunteer group to organize the event. “She’s raised more than $150,000 for therapy programs, and was awarded CSUN’s top volunteer service award a few years ago. Susan has a lot of people believing now.” About 500 runners and walkers participated in that first event in 2003, a number that skyrocketed to 2,000 last year, with even more expected Saturday for the annual event. “With stem-cell research and other advances being made in spinal-cord injuries, I think we’ll see more people getting back on their feet again,” Susan said. “I just hope I’m one of them.” Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. (818) 713-3749 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_imgJob Vacancies: A Buncrana-based fuel and oil trading company are seeking staff to join their hard-working team.Coyle Coal Donegal urgently need bagging operators for their Buncrana Yard.Applicants must have 2 years work experience in an industrial environment and be able to provide references. The ideal candidate will also have forklift licence.Excellent hourly rates and overtime rates. To apply, email your details in confidence to Julie@coylecoal.comJob Vacancies: Well-established coal company seeks staff was last modified: August 24th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bagging operatorbuncranacoyle coaljobVacancylast_img read more

first_img 3 Raheem Sterling’s performances for England at the World Cup prove just how good Manchester City are as a team, according to Vinnie Jones. 3 3 Sterling played six games at the World Cup – only being rested for England’s final group game against Belgium Sterling polarised opinion at this summer’s tournament – which saw England progress to their first World Cup semi-final in 27 years.While many berated the winger for failing to find the net, as many – if not more – threw their support behind him, hailing his industrious off-the ball play and forwards runs.On the whole, Sterling played well for the Three Lions, but the England man should not be above criticism – for a player who scored 23 goals for Premier League champions Man City last season, he wasted a lot of chances in Russia.He has now not scored in three major tournaments in a Three Lions shirt – with his last goal for England coming in 2015.center_img England manager Gareth Southgate backed Sterling to the hilt at this summer’s World Cup During the World Cup, while the criticism of Sterling appeared to peak, Jones remarked that the winger ‘would be playing for Exeter’ if it weren’t for his lighting pace.And the former Chelsea and Wimbledon man added on Monday that he believes Sterling’s goalscoring form at the Etihad Stadium is largely due to the players around him.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Jones said: “I never got on Sterling’s back, I just said that sometimes his pace gets him out of a lot of trouble.“When you go into a better team you play better yourself, there’s not so much pressure on you to dominate games. Sterling scored 23 goals for Manchester City last seasob “At Man City, they dominate so many games in the Premier League that Sterling is going to get a lot of chances and will score more goals.“But [for England] when you’re behind the ball you’re always fighting to get out.“When you’re playing for good teams you can look better than you actually are sometimes.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Western Cape is known for its amazing winelands. Join us as we take a trip to Stellenbosch to visit three of the top wine destinations South Africa has to offer: the historic Simonsig, the scenic Rustenberg, and the red wine specialists of Kanonkop.Click arrow to play video.Posted on on 3 June 2010last_img

first_imgSecurity forces gunned down two alleged members of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) in Bijapur district of south Chhattisgarh on Friday morning.“The district police and the Central Reserve Police Force’s CoBRA 204th battalion were conducting a joint anti-Maoist operation under Gangaloor police station limits of Bijapur today. At around 7.30 am, the Maoists fired some rounds at our troops near Manduvandi-Kowadegoan forest area. Our troops retaliated the fire immediately. During the search of the area (after the encounter), two dead bodies in Maoist uniform were recovered,” said a police official.The deceased, who are yet to be identified, include a woman. The security forces also recovered one 303 rifle, one 12-bore rifle and one pistol from the site of the encounter.According to sources, the encounter was not a chance one but an intelligence-based operation.last_img read more

first_imgThe Shiv Sena’s last annual Dussehra address before the Assembly elections saw the party announcing poll sops, including a loan waiver for farmers, full meals for ₹10 and health check-ups for ₹1. The rally was also marked by the party reiterating its promise of a Ram temple at Ayodhya, and Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray justifying his decision of allying with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the polls. The party holds a ‘Dasara Melava’ (Dussehra gathering) at Shivaji Park, Dadar, every year. This year, with the Assembly elections only weeks away, the party took the opportunity to address its voters and Shiv Sainiks. Party supporters were seen flocking to Shivaji Park wearing saffron caps, sashes, headbands, with some carrying pictures of Sena founder Bal Thackeray. The ground was moderately filled despite the humidity. The Sena also released a promotional song during the event.Sena MP Sanjay Raut said, “Very soon, you will see the next chief minister of Maharashtra sitting next to Uddhavji (referring to Aaditya Thackeray).” Aaditya has been fielded from Worli and the Sena is projecting him as a CM candidate. Mr. Thackeray, who addressed the gathering dressed in a saffron kurta, said, “There are two Vijayadashamis this month: one is today and another on the 24th (the day of the election results). The matter of the Ram temple at Ayodhya has been in court for 30-35 years. The court will do justice, but if something happens otherwise, we will continue our demand for a Ram temple. The Central government must ensure the temple is built; it is a promise we have made to the people.”The Sena chief further said, “People ask me why did I enter into an alliance with the BJP; people say the Shiv Sena bowed down. The Sena can never bow down in front of anyone except God. And had we not allied with the BJP, whom should we support? The Congress, who says do not remove Article 370 and remove sedition law? Instead, why not give a strong government by allying with BJP?” Dig at Ajit PawarHe also took a dig at Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar, referring to his comment from a few years ago about urinating in dried up dams. “Ajit Pawar cried the other day. He says the level of politics has fallen and I will go do farming. Do it, but how will you water your farm? (You mocked farmers) but don’t forget, farmers came to you for water with tears in their eyes,” Mr. Thackeray said. He also recalled that the Congress-NCP government allowed the arrest of Bal Thackeray in the aftermath of the Babri Masjid case and that the court threw out the case. Promises galoreMr. Thackeray said the removal of Section 370 from Jammu & Kashmir was Bal Thackeray’s dream, and that the Sena supports removal of illegal immigrants from the country. Promising sops ahead of the elections, he said, “I will once again waive loans of farmers. We will provide full meals for ₹10. We will reduce power rates up to 300 units and provide health check-up for ₹1. In rural areas, schools are far from villages. We will ensure bus services in rural areas and ensure women’s safety.”Addressing unrest among party members over allocation of tickets, he said, “Compromise is a part of alliance. I apologise to those who did not get tickets. This alliance is to win Maharashtra and for betterment of the people. The BJP is our ally, work for the alliance.” He said that like the Sena’s stand, even U.S. President Donald Trump has given preference to locals for employment. He said the party will ensure Maratha and Dhangar reservation is implemented.last_img read more